Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa

Blackwell, Antoinette Louisa (Brown),

1825–1921, American Unitarian minister, b. Henrietta, N.Y., grad. Oberlin College, 1847, and Oberlin Theological Seminary, 1850. One of the first women to receive a college education in the United States, she was ordained a Congregational minister in 1853, thus becoming the first ordained woman minister in the country. She later became a Unitarian. She was an active feminist, an abolitionist, and a temperance advocate. She was the sister-in-law of Henry B. BlackwellBlackwell, Henry Brown,
1825–1909, American reformer, b. Bristol, England; brother of Elizabeth Blackwell. He was an abolitionist and later, with his wife, Lucy Stone, a worker for woman suffrage.
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 and Elizabeth BlackwellBlackwell, Elizabeth,
1821–1910, American physician, b. England; sister of Henry Brown Blackwell. She was the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree, which was granted (1849) to her by Geneva Medical College (then part of Geneva College, early name of
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. Her books include The Sexes throughout Nature (1875) and The Making of the Universe (1914).
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