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Biography

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Religious leader.

Originally a Rhode Island Quaker, Jemima Wilkinson believed that she had died following an illness in 1776, and later arose as the "Publick Universal Friend," who was sent by God to preach against sin. After preaching in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, she established a colony (1790) on Keuka Lake in Western New York for herself and her followers. Soon after the Friend's death in 1819, the community disintegrated entirely.