Ballou, Hosea, 1796-1861

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Universalist minister, author, educator. Minister in Stafford, Conn., Roxbury, Mass., and Medford, Mass. President of Tufts University (1854-1861). Author of The Ancient History of Universalism (1829). See sketch in Dictionary of American Biography.

From the description of Papers, 1816-1861 (inclusive). (Harvard University, Divinity School Library). WorldCat record id: 269368104

Hosea Ballou II (1796-1861) was born in Vermont and was the grandnephew of Hosea Ballou. A Universalist minister, he wrote The Ancient History of Universalism, and worked to elevate the standards of biblical criticism among Universalists. He served congregations in Stafford, Connecticut; Roxbury, Massachusetts; and Medford, Massachusetts. Ballou was an early proponent of formal theological education for ministers and, beginning in 1841, he worked diligently to establish a Universalist college. He is recognized as the founder of Tufts College, where he served as its first president from 1853 until 1861.

From the guide to the Ballou, Hosea. Papers, 1816-1861., (Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School)

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referencedIn Ballou family. Ballou family papers 1801-1915. Tufts University - Tisch Library, Tisch Library
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library
referencedIn F. B. Sanborn and William Ellery Channing papers, 1834-1917. Houghton Library
referencedIn First Universalist Society in Salem, MA. Records, 1806-1955 (inclusive). Harvard University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Ballou, Hosea. Papers, 1816-1861. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn Blanchard, Albert Henry, 1828-1909. Albert Henry Blanchard diary, 1845-1846. Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum
creatorOf Ballou, Hosea, 1796-1861. Papers, 1816-1861 (inclusive). Harvard University, Divinity School Library
referencedIn Whittemore, Thomas, 1800-1861. Papers, 1824-1944 (inclusive), 1824-1861 (bulk). Harvard University, Divinity School Library
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Birth 1796-10-18

Death 1861-05-27



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