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(1591 - 1643)
Before even arriving in the new world, her spiritual teachings had gathered
a shipboard following, and already offended Puritan leaders.
In Boston Anne was a trusted midwife, who's discussions of Puritan sermons
drew large colonial crowds. Her belief that grace and self understanding
brought one to salvation, rather than strict moral adherence and guidance
by clergy made her a threat to the town's theocracy.
In 1637, Governor John
Winthrop brought her to trial, and banished her from the Massachusetts
Bay Colony. She went with followers to live in Rhode Island. Four years
later, after the death of her husband, Hutchinson and her younger children
were massacred by Indians in a wooded area on Long Island Sound.
Thomas Hutchinson, the great-great grandson of Anne Hutchinson would later
become the chief justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, and served
as Governor during events such as the Boston Tea Party preceding the American
Revolution (1771--74). He later moved to England where he wrote a valuable
history of the Massachusetts Bay colony.