Albert Brisbane

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Albert Brisbane (1809–1890) was an American utopian socialist, the chief popularizer of the theories of Charles Fourier in the United States, which he did in several books, notably Social Destiny of Man (1840), and in his Fourierist journal The Phalanx. He also founded the Fourierist Society in New York in 1839 and backed several other phalanx communes in the 1840s and 1850s, most lasting only a year. The longest-lasting phalanx was The North American Phalanx, located in Colts Neck, New Jersey, which lasted for twelve years.[1]

He achieved a platform to espouse Fourier's communitarian theories with the help of New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley, who was impressed by Brisbane's ideas and allowed him to write a weekly article. In 1844, Brook Farm, already an established Utopian community in Massachusetts, converted into a Fourierist community based on Brisbane's teachings.

Brisbane is buried in the Batavia Cemetery in Batavia, New York.[2]

His son was Arthur Brisbane (1864–1936), one of the best known American newspaper editors of the 20th century.