1835 – Olympia Brown Born

On this date , a well-known suffragist and the first woman ordained a minister in the U.S., was born in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. In 1878, Reverend Brown moved to Racine to become minister of the Universalist Church of the Good Shepherd. After nine years there, she resigned to work primarily in the women’s movement, though she served as minister in several Wisconsin towns: Mukwonago, Columbus and Neenah. She continued her , and was president of the Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association for 28 years. She helped found the Federal Suffrage Association (1892) which became the Federal Equality Association (1902). [Source: by Women’s Auxiliary, State Historical Society of Wisconsin]