Maude C. Collins

Maude C. Collins (HM2M7L)

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N 39° 14.781', W 82° 28.739'

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Law Enforcement Pioneer

Ohio's first female county sheriff, Maude Charles Collins (1893-1972) of
Vinton County was appointed to finish her husband Fletcher's term
after he was killed in the line of duty in October 1925.
In 1926, she ran for the office in her own right on the Democratic ticket
and handily beat males in both the primary and general elections.
"Sheriff Maude" investigated crimes, answered calls, patrolled roads, and performed the duties of her office, all while raising five children. She gained national attention for solving an intriguing double murder case in 1926,
later featured in Master Detective and Startling Detective magazines. In 1927 she was the first woman to deliver inmates to the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus.
Collins, a pioneering woman in law enforcement, was inducted into the Ohio
Women's Hall of Fame in 2000. She is buried in Hamden Cemetery.
HM NumberHM2M7L
Year Placed2019
Placed ByVinton County Historical and Genealogical Society, The Ohio History Connection
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Date Added Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 372374 N 4345157
Decimal Degrees39.24635000, -82.47898333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 14.781', W 82° 28.739'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 14' 46.86" N, 82° 28' 44.34" W
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