Florence King (patent attorney)

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Florence King
Florence King, from a 1920 publication
Florence King, from a 1920 publication
Born1870 (1870)
Died1924 (aged 53–54)
OccupationPatent attorney
Years active1897-1924

Florence King (1870–1924) was the first female patent attorney in America.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

King earned a B.A. from Mount Morris College in 1891 and a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1895.[2]


King became the first woman registered to practice before the U.S. Patent Office in 1897, became the first woman to argue a patent case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1922, and became the first woman to win a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1923 (Crown v. Nye).[2][3]

She also worked as a consulting engineer in machine design and construction, having attended Armour Institute of Technology for three years.[4]

She founded and served as president of the Women's Association of Commerce of Chicago and the Woman's Association of Commerce of the United States.[5] She also organized the Woman's Alaska Gold Club.[2]

She died of breast cancer.[3]


  1. ^ "Manchester University Archives and Brethren Historical Collection". Manchester.edu. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  2. ^ a b c "Biographical Search | Women's Legal History". Wlh.law.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  3. ^ a b Sybil E. Hatch (1 January 2006). Changing Our World: True Stories of Women Engineers. ASCE Publications. pp. 204–. ISBN 978-0-7844-0835-3.
  4. ^ The American Contractor. F. W. Dodge Corporation. 1920. pp. 4–.
  5. ^ The Business Philosopher: The Magazine of Practical Business Building. Science Press. 1918. pp. 10–.