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bMS 366

Ballou, Hosea, 1771-1852. Papers: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University


Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 366
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Ballou, Hosea, 1771-1852.
Title: Ballou, Hosea. Papers, 1810-1890.
Date(s): 1810-1890.
Quantity: 2 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Universalist pastor Hosea Ballou.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.


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Related Materials

For further information about the Ballou family, please see bMS 128, bMS 351, and bMS 359.

Biographical / Historical

Hosea Ballou (1771-1852) began his career as an itinerant preacher in Vermont and Massachusetts in 1791. He was ordained during the Universalist Convention in Oxford, Massachusetts, in 1794, and he served the "Sister Societies" of Barnard, Woodstock, Hartland, Bethel, and Bridgewater, Vermont, from 1803 to 1817. He accepted a call to the Second Universalist Church of Boston in 1817, and became known as the most influential preacher in the second generation of the Universalist movement. His most well-known works, A Treatise on Atonement (1805) and An Examination of the Doctrine of Future Retribution (1834), altered the philosophies of many of his ministerial colleagues and their congregations. Ballou's theology was based on reason, which led him to reject the Trinitarian doctrine, and as early as 1795, he was preaching a unitarian form of Universalism. Ballou founded the Universalist newspaper known as the Universalist Magazine (later the Trumpet and Universalist Magazine) in 1819 to further the ideals of Universalism. He served as pastor of the Second Universalist Church (Boston) from 1817 until his death in 1852.

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