Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Mary E.W. Risteau (1890-1978)
MSA SC 3520-12331


Books -

Radoff, Morris L., comp.  Maryland Manual 1953-54.  Annapolis:  The Hall of Records Commission, 1953.

Helmes, Winifred G.  Notable Maryland Women.  Cambridge, Maryland:  Tidewater Publishers, 1977.
        Biographical sketch on pp. 307-312.

Kummer, Frederick.  The Free State of Maryland:  A History of The State and its People 1634-1941.  Baltimore:  The Historical Record Association, 1943.
        Biographical sketch in vol. 2, pp. 475-479.

Luckett, Margie H.  Maryland Women.  3 vols.  Baltimore:  King Bros. Press, Inc., 1937.
        Biographical sketch in vol. 2, p. 322.

Powell, Henry Fletcher.  Tercentenary History of Maryland.  vol. 4. Chicago and Baltimore:  The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925.
        Biographical sketch on pp. 120-124.

Newspaper/journal articles -

"Finds Woman No Longer Is Only A Rib From Man."  The Baltimore Sun, 10 November 1921.

"The Distinguished Delegate From Harford."  Editorial, The Baltimore Sun, 10 November 1921.

"Election of Miss Risteau Again Will Make History."  The Baltimore Sun, 7 November 1934.

"Risteau Versus Tydings?" The Baltimore Sun, 20 May 1937.

"Mary E. W. Risteau:  First woman lawmaker dies."  The Evening Capital, 25 July 1978.

"Miss Risteau, legislator, dies at 88."  The Baltimore Sun, 25 July 1978.

"Tribute to a woman of firsts."  The Baltimore Sun, 9 December 1978.

Pohmer, Timothy Thomas. "Mary Eliza Watters Risteau First Women to the State Capitol," Harford Historical Bulletin 100 (Winter/Spring 2005).

Maryland State Archives -

Maryland State Archives SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Pohmer Collection) MSA SC 5334, Timothy Thomas Pohmer, "Mary Eliza Risteau:
        Maryland's 'Miss Mary,' First Woman to the State Capitol," unpublished biography, 2/11/11/54.

        MSA S310-1793. 2/25/1/79.

Other sources -

A History of Jarrettsville, by Jarrettsville Elementary School (

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