Catharine Van Valkenburg Waite

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Catharine Van Valkenburg Waite
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Catharine Van Valkenburg Waite (1829-1913). Brand Portraits, 1886.
Born Catharine Van Valkenburg
30 January 1829
Brantford, Ontario
Died 9 November 1913
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Alma mater Oberlin College; Union College of Law
Occupation lawyer
Known for president of the Woman's International Bar Association

Catharine Van Valkenburg Waite (30 January 1829, Brantford, Ontario, Canada – 9 November 1913, Chicago, Illinois) was a United States author, lawyer and women's suffrage activist.


She graduated from Oberlin College in 1853, and married Charles Burlingame Waite the next year. They had eight children.

She was a graduate of the Union College of Law and a member of the Illinois bar. In 1859, she established Hyde Park Seminary. In 1886, she founded the Chicago Law Times, a quarterly magazine which she edited. Waite was a women's rights activist. At the International Council of Women at Washington, she was elected president of the Woman's International Bar Association, 26 March 1888.[1]

She headed the publishing firm of C. V. Waite and Co., and wrote The Mormon Prophet and His Harem (Cambridge, 1865).[1]




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