How Elizabeth Warren Really Came to Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren was not born in Massachusetts, although she rose to prominence here. Warren’s knowledge of business and real estate transactions helped make her a powerful and wealthy woman in Massachusetts. You may know that Elizabeth Warren had ties to Native Americans, but you probably haven’t heard the whole story — until now.

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You’re also probably thinking of the Spotted Okie, a former high school teacher who serves Massachusetts in the United States Senate – but you’d be wrong. You see, long before there was Senator Elizabeth Warren, there was Pilgrim Elizabeth Warren.

That’s right, an Elizabeth Warren was among the first English settlers in the New World.

Inside Story: How Elizabeth Warren REALLY came to Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren arrived in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts in 1623, three years after her husband Richard arrived. Richard Warren was one of the passengers on the Mayflower who arrived in Plymouth Harbor in 1620. Elizabeth did not travel with Richard to the New World but later followed with the couple’s five daughters aboard the Anna. She gave birth to two sons in Plymouth Colony.

Inside Story: How Elizabeth Warren REALLY came to Massachusetts

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Richard Warren died in 1628, just eight years after arriving in Plymouth Colony. Elizabeth Warren never remarried and instead focused on family matters, as far as the law permitted at the time.

Peggy Baker, Director Emeritus of the Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum, wrote an excellent essay, “A Woman of Valor: Elizabeth Warren of Plymouth County.” The essay is a brief history of Elizabeth Warren and should be read in all public schools in Massachusetts.

Inside Story: How Elizabeth Warren REALLY came to Massachusetts

Mary Serrèze/Townsquare Media also has a wonderful story by Elizabeth Warren, titled “How Elizabeth Warren Became the Most Successful Businesswoman in Plymouth Colony.” It also deserves your attention.

Elizabeth Warren lived to be 90 and died on October 2, 1673. She was buried at Burial Hill on School Street in Plymouth.

Read about the ghosts of Burial Hill in Plymouth

A walk through Plymouth’s burial hill

Burial Hill in Plymouth was the site of the Pilgrims’ first fort and later became their burial place. Walk among the tombs of pilgrims and their ancestors with our photo tour.

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