15 September, 1853: Antoinette Brown Blackwell becomes the first female minister ordained in America. Antoinette Brown, (May 20, 1825 – November 5, 1921), was the first woman to be ordained as a minister in the United States, when she was called to be the pastor of the Congregational church in South Butler, New York in 1853. Her ordination, however, was not recognized by her denomination. In 1857, she returned to her work as an orator and reformer for womens rights with her husband Samuel C. Blackwell. She also was a strong activist for the right to vote for women. She died at the age of 96 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.