Anne Hutchinson, 1591-1642

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    Anne Hutchinson, 1591-1642

    One of the first female religious leaders in colonial Massachusetts, and one of the founders of the Rhode Island Colony.

    Anne was born to the Marbury family in 16th-century England. From a young age, she developed a passion for reading and critical thinking, and after marrying and giving birth to more than ten children, she followed her religious leader and took her family to North America.
     
    At the age of 43, Hutchinson settled in Massachusetts Bay Colony – working as a midwife. She then started hosting at her home women from the colonists’ community to Bible reading meetings. The gatherings became popular with both men and women, with up to 80 listeners in an evening.
     
    Her exceptional position as a woman who is leading religious discussions challenged gender roles of the time. She was put on trial for heresy and exiled from the colony. Her husband supported her all the way through. After banishment, the family made a six-day journey and moved to Rhode Island colony with dozens of followers. Hutchinson is known as one of the founders of the Rhode Island Colony.
     
    Today, opinionated and outspoken Anne is honored as an early feminist icon. In 1987, more than three centuries after her banishment, she officially pardoned by the governor of Massachusetts.
     

    “As I understand it, laws, commands, rules, and edicts are for those who have not the light which makes plain the pathway”

    “As I understand it, laws, commands, rules, and edicts are for those who have not the light which makes plain the pathway”

     

    More Interesting Anecdotes:

    • She later moved to Long Island Sound, where she found her death in the clashes between Dutch settlers and Native Americans.
    • The Hutchinson River in the Southern Westchester County, New York is named after her.
    • Among her genealogical descendants are United States presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush.
    • A statue of Anne Hutchinson, sculptured by Cyrus Dallin, is standing in front of the Massachusetts State House, Boston.
    • Her years of birth and death are not exact; in some places it is written 1595-1643.
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    The Anne Hutchinson Trial


  • An illustration of Anne Hutchinson on Trial. Photo credit - Wikipedia.


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