Confusion over the background of the first female American cop
Earlier this week we posted a story from Irish Central which reported that the first female police officer in the United States was an Irish woman Marie Owens. Today a story in the Montreal Gazette claims that Marie Owens was, in fact Canadian.
According to the story, this confusion has been going on for sometime. Alice Stebbins Wells of Los Angeles and Lola G. Baldwin of Portland, Oregon have both been thought to be the first female American police officer.
This time the identity of the first female cop is not in question, but rather the nationality. The Canadian paper is claiming Marie Owens was born in Ottawa as Marie Connolly on 21 December 1853 while the Irish site claims she was born in Ireland.