White, Ellen Gould Harmon
- Ronald L. Numbers
White, Ellen Gould Harmon (26 November 1827–16 July 1915), cofounder of the Seventh-day Adventist church, was born on a farm outside Gorham, Maine, the daughter of Robert Harmon, a farmer and hatter, and Eunice Gould. In the early 1830s Ellen and her twin sister, Elizabeth, moved with the Harmon family to nearby Portland, where they began their schooling. When Ellen was about nine years old, an angry schoolmate hit her in the nose with a rock, severely injuring her and virtually ending her formal education. The accident left her a self-described “lifelong invalid” seldom free from pain....