Clara Shortridge Foltz was one of the first women to study and practice law in the United States. In both her practical and her written work, she focused on legal reform and women's rights. She was born on 16 July 1849 in Lafayette, Indiana to Talitha Cumi Harwood and Elias Willets Shortridge, a minister who later became a lawyer. Her brother, Samuel M. Shortridge, became a United States senator in California. She was educated by private tutors as a child, and attended Mt Pleasant Seminary in Iowa. She then became a teacher herself in Illinois before eloping, at the age of fifteen, with Jeremiah Foltz. During hard years on an Iowa farm, she bore four children.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.