Adelia M. Stewart: First Woman to Pass the Uniform Commissioning Examination

Adelia M. Stewart made history when, in 1921, she became the OCC's first female national bank examiner. But setting precedents was nothing new for her. While working as a clerk at the OCC, she earned a law degree with high honors and was one of two women admitted to the Washington, D.C., bar in 1914. Her superiors recognized her accomplishments in 1922 by appointing her chief of the OCC's Division of Examinations. In Stewart's 44-year career at the OCC, she served under 11 Comptrollers, displaying the grit and dedication to public service that made her a model for men and women alike.

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Adelia M. Stewart: First Woman to Pass the Uniform Commissioning Examination