Emily E. Sloan

Emily Eva Mullenger Sloan (b. Oct. 27, 1878, Oregon, Wisconsin - September 1, 1973) became "the first woman elected to the office of county attorney in Montana", in 1924. She won her election as County Attorney in Carbon County, Montana by 33 votes. She was the 22nd female attorney in Montana.

She grew up in South Dakota, and lived in Belle Fourche, South Dakota as a teenager. She became a ranch wife and raised four children. Because she did not have a high school diploma, she was accepted as a "special student" at the University of Montana Law School, where she studied between Oct. 1, 1917 and June 2, 1919.

Although she was not able to complete her studies and graduate, "she passed the bar exam and was admitted to the Montana Bar in June 1919." She practiced law in Yellowstone County, Montana for three years. Then she moved to Red Lodge, Montana to run for County Attorney.

She worked as the Carbon County Attorney from 1924-1926. and a book of poetry, Ballads of the Plains.

She lived into her 90s.


  • Hitting the High Spots. Mesa, Arizona: V. Carter Service, 1959. OCLC: 41768210