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Hosea Ballou

clergyman

Hosea Ballou, American clergyman. member Universalist Ch.

Background

Ballou, Hosea was born on April 30, 1771 in Richmond, New Hampshire, United States. Son of Maturin and Lydia (Harris) Ballou.

Education

Attended academic, Richmond, N.H., 1790.

Career

Became member Universalist Church, 1791. Taught school, Rhode Island, also Massachusetts, 1791-1794. Ordained to ministry Universalist Church, 1794.

Circuit preacher based from Dana, Massachusetts, 1796-1803, Barnard, Vermont, 1803-1809. Pastor in Portsmouth, N.H., 1809-1815. Founder Gospel Visitant (1st Universalist quarterly), Portsmouth, 1811.

Pastor in Salem, Massachusetts, 1815-1818, 2d Universalist Church, Boston, 1818-1852. Editor Universalist Magazine, 1819-1828, Universalist Expositor, 1830-1852. Popular exponent of developing Unitarian theology as distinct from orthodox Calvinism.

Author: Treatise on the Atonement, 1805. Examination of the Doctrine of Future Retribution, 1834.

Achievements

  • He also founded and edited two periodicals, the Universalist Magazine (1819-1828) and the Universalist Expositor (founded 1830), in which he set forth Universalist doctrines, basing them on the Scriptures, and developed a theology based solely on God's universal, impartial, and everlasting love.

Works

  • Author: Treatise on the Atonement, 1805. Examination of the Doctrine of Future Retribution, 1834.

Membership

Member Universalist Ch.

Connections

Married Ruth Washburn, September 11, 1796, 1 son, Maturin.

father:
Maturin Ballou

mother:
Lydia (Harris) Ballou

spouse:
Ruth Washburn