Clarissa Danforth

Danforth, Clarissa

Time Period

1750-1820

Subject Categories

Religion

Notable Facts

One of Vermont's first women evangelists. Freewill Baptist known for having an engaging speaking style and a powerful voice.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

1761

Date of Death

1855

Primary Residence

Weathersfield

Religion

Freewill Baptist

Historical Significance

Clarissa Danforth was one of the first women evangelists in Vermont. She was a Freewill Baptist known for having an engaging speaking style and a powerful voice.

Danforth was born in Weathersfield, Vermont, and was converted around the year 1809 by Freewill Baptist John Colby of Sutton. Soon after the war of 1812, she began preaching. She left Vermont to preach in New Hampshire and Rhode Island, where she was successful at winning over many new converts. She was referred to as "the preaching sensation of the decade" (1810-1820). Danforth returned to Weathersfield in 1821, where she did some preaching, and was soon married to Danford Richmond, a Baptist minister from Connecticut. After her marriage, the couple moved to New York and she only preached occasionally after that.

Organizations or Movements

  • Baptist Church

Occupations

  • Evangelist preacher

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Bassett, T.D. Seymour. "Clarissa Danforth." In The Vermont Encyclopedia. Edited by John Duffy. The University of New England Press, 2003.
  • The First Congregational Church Link
  • Daughters of the Church Link