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Ellen Frances Pinsent
|Born||Ellen Frances Parker
March 26, 1866
|Died||1949 (aged 82–83)|
|Occupation||Mental health worker|
|Spouse(s)||Hume Chancellor Pinsent|
She was the daughter of the Rev. Richard Parker and his second wife, Elizabeth Coffin. She married Hume Chancellor Pinsent (b. 1857), a relative of the philosopher David Hume, and they had three children. Their two sons, David Hume Pinsent and Richard Parker Pinsent, were killed in the First World War, and their daughter, Hester, married the Nobel-prize winner Edgar Douglas Adrian, a peer.
Pinsent was the first woman elected, on 1 November 1911, to serve on Birmingham City Council. She represented the Edgbaston Ward as a Liberal Unionist. She had earlier been co-opted as a member of the council's Education Committee and served as Chairman of the Special School Sub-Committee. She stood down from the council in October 1913 upon appointment as Commissioner for the Board of Control for Lunacy and Mental Deficiency.
The Dame Ellen Pinsent Special Primary School (for children with learning disabilities) in Birmingham is named for her. Her life and work was chronicled in the book Ellen Pinsent: including the ‘feebleminded’ in Birmingham, 1900–1913.
References and sources
- "Sunningwell War Memorial: Richard Parker Pinsent". Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
- Roberts, Sian (4 March 2015). "‘My whole time is given to the service of my fellow citizens’ – the first women elected to Birmingham City Council". Library of Birmingham. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Dame Ellen Pinsent Special Primary School
- Ellen Pinsent: including the ‘feebleminded’ in Birmingham, 1900–1913
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