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In Cincinnati, Ohio, 33 year old Lucy Hobbs becomes the first woman to earn a doctorate in dentistry

Cincinnati, Ohio, 1862, artist's impression
Lucy Hobbs had earlier been refused entry to dental school but had studied privately and opened her own practice in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1861. After practicing in Iowa she was professionally recognized enough to enter the Ohio College of Dental Surgery and graduated first in her class on this day.  She married and practiced, with her husband, for many years and later in life dedicated herself to woman's suffrage issues.  She died in 1910 at age 77. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Kirstin Olsen (ed.), Chronology of Women's History (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994), 140.