Biography of Rev. Ellen Grant-Gustin
Bristol County, MA Biographies

One of the most widely known of Attleborough's citizens is the Rev. Ellen Grant-Gustin. Mrs. Gustin is one of the pioneer women in the American pulpit; for several years she was the only ordained woman in New England and is still the only one in Bristol county. She was born in Frankfort, Me., and married very early in life to Mr. Charles M. Gustin, also of Maine. Her natural gifts were such that almost without her own volition she was called to preach. A member from her early girlhood of the Christian Church, she was formally ordained as a minister in 1869 and for thirty years was engaged in active service as a pastor. She filled pastorates in Lynn, in Westerly, R. I., and in West Mansfield, Mass., covering a period of twenty three years. She has rendered much service, not only to her own denomination and to the citizens of her various places of residence, but to the general cause of Christianity and of woman's advancement, by her gracious and persuasive personality, enforced by her high standards of Christian citizenship. No woman before the public in those early trying years of woman's upward efforts has more successfully proved that the most womanly women are also the bravest and strongest and most successful, both in their own homes and in the hearts of the public. Mrs. Gustin has one child, Laura V. Gustin-Mackie, and is now associated with her in the management of the Attleborough Sanitarium, where is found a singular blending of the results that should follow the united working out of the best, in two strong, highly trained and successful women, winning results impossible to women less than a generation ago.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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