Marguerite Ogden (Steele) (September 10, 1888 - December 2, 1918) was a lawyer and the oldest daughter of Judge Frank B. Ogden.
Ogden was born in September, 1888, in Oakland, to Frank B. Ogden and Laura MacDonald (Ogden). She graduated from Oakland High School in 1906.
She was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley from about 1907 to 1910, where she met her future husband, Francis Steele. Both worked on the student newspaper, The Occident. 1,2 After her graduation in 1910, Ogden served as assistant dean of women and department secretary. 11
She then studied law, received her J.D. degree in 1913, and passed the bar to practice law in federal courts. 8 Her thesis for her Juris Doctor was titled "An Examination of Recently Judicated Questions in the Law of Persons". 5 She was the first woman to practice law in the Alameda County courts. 9
Ogden and Steele married on June 30, 1918, at the First Presbyterian Church. Their marriage was a "social event of considerable importance".
Tragically, Ogden died on December 2, 1918, one of the many victims of influenza. This was just a few months after her father died, and 5 months after she married Francis.
Ogden served on the Oakland board of education. 4,6,12 The California Monthly says an Oakland school was named for her after her death 3; the Oakland Tribune also says it was to be done, 10 but it's not yet clear if this happened.
Marguerite is buried in plot 2 at Mountain View Cemetery in the Ogden family grave.
Links and References
- Occident Will Be Issued Today San Francisco Call February 4, 1910
- Will Soon Issue College Monthly San Francisco Call August 18, 1909
- The California Monthy volume 11
- Annual Report - Oakland Board of Education - 1917-1918
- An Examination of Recently Judicated Questions in the Law of Persons by Marguerite Ogden
- Mrs. Marguerite Ogden Steele Dies, A Victim of Influenza Oakland Tribune December 3, 1918
- Tribute Paid To Mrs. Steele at Funeral Oakland Tribune December 7, 1918
- Admit Women to Federal Practice Sacramento Union November 8, 1913
- Fair Portia Pleads For Women Seeking Probation In Court San Francisco Call October 28, 1913
- New Schools To Be Named For Martyrs Oakland Tribune December 13, 1918
- Popular Alumna Joins Faculty San Francisco Call August 19, 1910
- Clay and Miss Ogden Receive High Count Oakland Tribune April 18, 1917