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Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford

(1829–1921) This activist leader and groundbreaking female minister said of herself, "I was born a suffragist." Phebe served in an organizational or leadership capacity in the American Equal Rights Association American (AERA), the Woman Suffrage Association, the Women's Press Club, and Sorosis, the first professional women's club in the United States.

She was the first woman ordained a minister in New England, the second in the United States, and the fourth in the world. A long-time friend to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she preached at their funerals.

Phebe wrote a total of fourteen books, one titled Lucretia The Quakeress, inspired by her cousin Lucretia Mott. She also wrote Women Of The Century, and later, an expanded version, Daughters Of America.

After separating from her husband, Phebe lived for 44 years with Ellen Miles, her female companion.


Orleans Cemetery

Route 488 and State Route 20

Ontario County

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