Ella Mae Backus
Ella Mae Backus (1863-1938) was an American lawyer who became the first female Assistant U.S. Attorney in the State of Michigan, and the first female attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan. Backus was originally employed as a stenographer in Traverse City, Michigan from 1891-1895. In 1895, she became a lawyer. Hired to work in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan in 1903, by 1923 Backus was promoted to Assistant Attorney in the office. She would work there until her death in 1938.
- "Ella Mae Backus" (PDF). Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.
- Stevens, Ruth (Fall 2016). "Assistant US Attorney Ella Mae Backus: "A most important Figure in the legal profession in the Western District of Michigan"". Michigan Historical Review. 7: 1–30.
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