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January 13: Ernestine Rose (1810)

It was on this date, January 13, 1810, that American reformer Ernestine Rose was born Ernestine Louise Lasmond Potowski, the daughter of a Polish rabbi in a Warsaw ghetto. At an early age she rejected the Jewish religion and left home at age 17, traveling eventually to England. There she not only adopted the socialist reformist views of Welshman Robert Owen, an Atheist, but she met her future husband at an Owenite meeting. William Rose, a liberal Christian and skilled jeweler, left England with Ernestine to make their home in America, in 1836.

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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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