White, Ellen Gould
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11/26/1827  - 7/16/1915
Ellen Gould Harmon was an early follower of William Miller. Despite Miller’s failed predictions regarding the second coming of Christ, she continued to identify and travel with other Millerites. During these travels, she met her future husband, James Springer White.

During this time, she began to experience the first of more than 2,000 spiritual visions. One of her most famous visions, in 1847, included observing Saturday, rather than Sunday, as the Christian Sabbath. This influenced their denominational title "Seventh-day Adventist." James White helped publish these revelations starting with the Review and Herald in 1850. Even after James White died in 1881, she continued to publish her teachings through numerous books.

As Ellen White struggled with her own health, she made health a major concern for their denomination. She promoted vegetarianism and opposed coffee, tea, alcohol, masturbation, premarital sex and “excessive” marital sex.

Her Seventh-day Adventist Church still thrives today.
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Ellen White Helps Found Seventh-day Adventists

Ellen White portrait- Internet Archive- from Life Sketches of Ellen G. White

Ellen White portrait- Internet Archive- from In Memoriam, Mrs. E. G. White

Ellen and James White- Wikimedia Commons
Book/Journal Source(s)
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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