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Emeline Roberts Jones

Emeline Roberts Jones

Emeline Roberts Jones (1836 – 1916) was the first woman to practice dentistry in the United States (see Timeline of women in dentistry in America). [1] She married the dentist Daniel Jones when she was a teenager (at age 18) but she did not become his assistant until 1855. [2] Her husband believed that dentistry was not a suitable career for a woman. He thought the “frail and clumsy fingers” of women made them poor dentists.[3] However, she studied in secret and after Emeline showed him a two-quart jar of several hundred teeth she had secretly filled and extracted he allowed her to assist him. [4][1] After her husband's death in 1864 she continued to practice dentistry by herself, in eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island. [1][2] She often traveled with a portable dentistry chair.[5] From 1876 until her retirement in 1915 she had her own practice in New Haven, Connecticut. [1] It was one of the largest and most lucrative practices in Connecticut. [4] She had two children, a son and a daughter. [4]

Emeline served on the Woman’s Advisory Council of the World’s Columbian Dental Congress in 1893. [4] In 1912 she was elected to an honorary membership in the Connecticut State Dental Society, and in 1914 she was elected to an honorary membership in the National Dental Association. [4] She died in 1916 at age 80. [4] In 1994 she was posthumously inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. [1]

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  5. ^ [1], Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.
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