The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Ernestine Potowski Rose

Ernestine Louise Siismondi Potowski Rose (1810-1892) left Poland in 1827, after renouncing her Jewish faith and rebelling against an arranged marriage. Adrift in Europe for several years, she settled in England in 1831 and found friends among the radicals gathered around Robert Owen. In 1836 she married British radical William Ella Rose and moved with him to New York. An exceptional education, her commitment to social reform, her advocacy of free thought, and her skill as a public speaker earned her rapid recognition among American reformers. In the 1840s, with Paulina Kellogg Wright, she petitioned the New York legislature for property law reform; she lectured against slavery; and she was an outspoken anticlerical. Rose attended the First National Woman's Rights Convention in 1850 and for the next decade was one of the movement's busiest lecturers and advocates. After the Civil War, she returned to England.