Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
Leading intellectual, social reformer and author (Inducted 1994)
Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman and her husband settled here during the 1920s. Samuel Lathrop built the original house in the early 18th Century; after a fire decades later, it was rebuilt by Dr. Daniel Lathrop. Gilman, a member of Connecticut’s prominent Beecher family, was a committed reformer, intellectual and feminist. She challenged prevailing attitudes by asserting women’s equality and the need for their economic independence. Another CWHoF inductee, Lydia Huntley Sigourney was born in this house in 1791. The residence is located at 380 Washington Street in Norwich.
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