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Ellen Gates Starr was an American social reformer and activist. She, along with Jane Addams, founded Chicago's Hull House in 1889.
Born: March 19, 1859, Illinois, United States
Died: February 10, 1940, Suffern, New York, United States
Education: Rockford University
Lived: Hull House, 800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA (41.87162, -87.64743)
Buried: Convent of the Holy Child, Suffern, Rockland County, New York, USA
Parents: Susan Gates Child

Ellen Gates Starr was an American social reformer and activist. She was a student at the Rockford Female Seminary (1877–78), where she met Jane Addams; their friendship lasted many years. Ellen appears to have been Jane’s first serious attachment. For years, they celebrated September 11—even when they were apart—as the anniversary of their first meeting. During their separations, Jane stationed Ellen’s picture, as she wrote her, “where I can see you almost every minute.” Ellen prodded Jane to leave her family, come to Chicago, and open Hull House together with her. On accepting the plan, Jane wrote Ellen: “Let’s love each other through thick and thin and work out a salvation.” It was Ellen’s devotion and emotional support that permitted Jane to cast off the self-doubts that had been plaguing her as a female who wanted to be both socially useful and independent during unsympathetic times and to commit herself to action: to create a settlement house in the midst of poverty where young, comfortably brought-up women who had spent years in study might now “learn of life from life itself,” as Addams later wrote. Starr taught for ten years in Chicago before joining Addams in 1888 for a tour of Europe. They returned to Chicago and co-founded Hull House as a kindergarten and then a day nursery, an infancy care center, and a center for continuing education for adults.
Together from 1877 to 1892: 15 years.
Ellen Gates Starr (March 19, 1859 – February 10, 1940)
Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935)



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Ellen Gates Starr (March 19, 1859 – February 10, 1940) was a student at the Rockford Female Seminary (1877–78, 5050 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108), where she first met Jane Addams (1860-1935). Rockford University is a private American liberal arts college in Rockford, Illinois. It was founded in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary and changed its name to Rockford College in 1892, and to Rockford University in 2013.



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Located in the Near West Side of Chicago, Illinois, in the XIX century Hull House opened its doors to recently arrived European immigrants.
Address: 800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA (41.87162, -87.64743)
Type: Museum (open to public)
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10.00-16.00, Sunday 12.00-16.00
Phone: +1 (312) 413-5353
National Register of Historic Places: 66000315, 1966. Also National Historic Landmarks.
Place
Hull House was a settlement house in the United States that was co-founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr. By 1911, Hull House had grown to 13 buildings. In 1912 the Hull House complex was completed with the addition of a summer camp, the Bowen Country Club. With its innovative social, educational, and artistic programs, Hull House became the standard bearer for the movement that had grown, by 1920, to almost 500 settlement houses nationally. The Hull mansion and several subsequent acquisitions were continuously renovated to accommodate the changing demands of the association. The original building and one additional building (which has been moved 200 yards (182.9 m)) survive today. On June 12, 1974, the Hull House building was designated a Chicago Landmark. The Hull House Association ceased operations in Jan. 2012, but the Hull mansion remains open as a museum.
Life
Who: Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) and Ellen Gates Starr (March 19, 1859 – February 10, 1940)
Ellen Gates Starr taught for ten years in Chicago before joining Addams in 1888 for a tour of Europe. While in London, they were inspired by the success of the English Settlement movement and became determined to establish a similar social settlement in Chicago. They returned to Chicago and co-founded Hull House as a kindergarten and then a day nursery, an infancy care centre, and a center for continuing education for adults. Lillian Faderman argues that Starr was Addams’ "first serious attachment.” The friendship between the two lasted many years, and the two became domestic partners. Addams wrote to Starr, "Let’s love each other through thick and thin and work out a salvation.” The director of the Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lisa Lee, has argued that the relationship was a lesbian one. Victoria Bissell Brown agrees that the two can be regarded as lesbians if they are seen as "women loving women,” although we do not necessarily have any evidence for genital sexual contact. The intensity of the relationship dwindled when Addams met Mary Rozet Smith, and the two women subsequently set up home together. Ellen died in 1940 and is buried at Convent of the Holy Child, Suffern, NY.


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At the former ground of the Academy of the Holy Child (Suffern, NY 10901) is buried Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940), American social reformer and activist. Lillian Faderman argues that Starr was Jane Addams' "first serious attachment". The friendship between the two lasted many years, and the two became domestic partners. Addams wrote to Starr, "Let's love each other through thick and thin and work out a salvation" In 1931, seriously ill, Ellen Gates Starr retired to a Roman Catholic convent where she was cared for by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.



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