Augusta Emma Stetson

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Augusta E. Stetson, c1905

Augusta Emma Stetson (née Simmons) (1842–1928) was an American Christian Scientist. She was eventually excommunicated from the First Church of Christ, Scientist on charges of insubordination and of false teaching.


Stetson was born in Waldoboro, Maine. She studied at the Blish School of Oratory in Boston, and in 1884 received the title C.S.D. from the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, the Christian Science college Mary Baker Eddy ran from her home.[1]

She began Christian Science healing in Boston, and in 1885 led the service on alternate Sundays at Chickering Hall. The next year she was sent by Eddy to New York, where she organized the First Church of Christ, Scientist in 1887. She was appointed pastor of that church in 1888, and in 1895 was made first reader when the title of pastor was changed in all Christian Science churches. For a time she was also principal of the New York City Christian Science Institute (chartered 1878).

In the early 1900s Stetson raised more than $1,250,000 to build a structure for the use of First Church, on West 96th Street at Central Park West, which was dedicated free of debt.[2] In 1909 she was excommunicated by the Mother Church at Boston, on charges of insubordination and of false teaching.[3][4]


  • Poems (1901; second edition, 1910)
  • Reminiscences, Sermons, and Correspondence (1913)
  • Vital Issues in Christian Science (1914)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Augusta Emma Stetson". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  2. ^ New York Architecture Images- First Church of Christ, Scientist
  3. ^ "American Religious Leaders". Infobase Publishing. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Mrs. Eddy will Rise". New York Tribune. 1910-12-30. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-09-04.

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