William Henry Furness
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Rev. William Henry Furness (April 20, 1802 - 1896) was an American clergyman, theologian, reformer and abolitionist.
Furness was born in Boston. In 1823 he graduated from the theological department of Harvard University. He then became minister of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia at the age of 22, serving from 1825 to 1875. A close friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson, he presided over a period marked by the growth and increasing prosperity for First Church. A fiery abolitionist, he was a supporter of the rights of all segments of society, including African-Americans and Jews. Following the American Civil War, he raised funds for Black schools the South, including Morehouse College.
In the position of Minister Emeritus, Rev. Furness lived to see the completion of the current First Church building in 1886, designed by his son Frank.
- Remarks on the Four Gospels (1836).
- The Blessings of Abolition (1860)
Rev. William H. Furness, from William Still, The Underground Railroad (1872).
- William Henry Furness, Jr., from American Gallery.
- Heralds of a Liberal Faith - William Henry Furness
- Works by William Henry Furness at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about William Henry Furness at Internet Archive
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