Nellie J. Wilson ’15


Full name:  Nellie Jane Wilson White (Argue)


Birth:

+++++21 April 1883, in Wisconsin

Parents:

+++++(Judge) Thomas Wilson and Nettie Belfour

Legal Education:

+++++Silver Bow Law School

Admitted to Bar:

+++++Montana 1915

Married:

  • Edward White on 21 November 1918   (E. White died in 1923)
  • Henry Wesley Argue in June 1929   (This marriage was brief, and they had no children. Nellie and Wesley were second cousins once removed.)

Child:

+++++One daughter

Residences:

  • Montana
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

July 1, 1915 — Anaconda Standard — “A Woman School Teacher Passes Bar Examination; Miss Nellie Jane Wilson barrister.”

+++++“Miss Wilson is the only woman who was in the class of aspirants for entrance to the Montana bar at the examination held early this month by the supreme court. She has been teaching in the Greeley school and is one of the 18 successful candidates whose names were printed in the Standard yesterday. Miss Wilson is at present taking a summer course at the University of Minnesota. She studied law in the school conducted by I. G. Denny.”


January 8, 1916 — Anaconda Standard — “Silver Bow Law School.”

+++++“The second annual anniversary banquet of the students of the Silver Bow law school will be held at the Thornton hotel this evening at 8 o’clock. The class has two graduates who will be admitted to the bar this year, Miss Nellie Wilson and William Sullivan. Both will respond to short addresses. Dean I. G. Denny, founder of the school, will preside and a most interesting program has been arranged.”


January 14, 1916 — Anaconda Standard — “Miss Wilson Ill.”

+++++Miss Nellie Jane Wilson, a member of the Silver Bow law school, has gone to Boulder to recover from an illness. She was accompanied by I. G. Denny, dean of the school. Mrs. Elsa Fasel Gillette will have charge of the school until Mr. Denny returns.”


January 10, 1916 — Anaconda Standard — “Woman Lawyers Talk on Nation’s Program”

+++++ The feature of the anniversary banquet of the Silver Bow law school on Saturday night was the debate on the subject of Wilson program for ‘preparedness.’ Miss Nellie Jane Wilson took strong exception to the plan of the president while Mrs. Elsa Fasel Gillett put forward in very pointed terms the need of the United States in preparing for any emergency that may arise.
+++++These two women lawyers, both graduates of the school and both practicing attorneys of the Silver Bow county bar, handled the discussion in a masterly manner. . .”


13 December 1921 — Anaconda Standard — “Miss Fanny Neyman Successful in Passing Examinations at Helena”

+++++For Miss Fanney Neyman of Butte the ordeal of waiting to take the state bar examinations held at Helena last week is over. She passed successfully as the only woman candidate in the class of 13 seeking admission to the bar and is now a full fledged attorney. . . .
+++++Not only did Miss Neyman pass the bar examination with flying colors, but she won distinction also of having been the youngest woman in Montana who had ever done so. Four of her predecessors to the bar are women who graduated from the Silver Bow law school. In 1914 Miss Elsie Fasel Gillette was admitted and now is a successful practitioner in Portland, Ore. Mrs. Nellie Wilson White was teaching school in 1915 when admitted to practice and was subsequently chosen by the teachers to represent them in Helena in their fight against the Belden bill, a substitute for the present teachers’ pension law. She was successful in carrying the fight before a joint committee of the house and senate and caused the defeat of the bill.


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