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Celia Burleigh


Celia Burleigh is famous for being the first woman minister in Connecticut, preaching from the same pulpit at the Unitarian Church that had been occupied by Samuel J. May. She was life-long friends with William Burleigh; he supported his wife's ministerial aspirations.

Because of her status as a Unitarian pioneer - and the importance of women's rights to the contemporary Unitarian Universalists - her life is better documented than many of the Burleighs. The best online resource is maintained by the Unitarian Universalists, and includes an extensive bibliography.

Photo of Unitarian Church, Brooklyn
- Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division



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