2) Dixon Wecter tells the story of Mark Twain's return to Hannibal in 1902, quoting the writer's typically wry delivery: "There is where the Millerites
put on their robes one night to go up to heaven.
A more extreme group of Millerites
transmogrified into Branch Davidians, many of whom met a gruesome fate in the fires that destroyed their compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993.
American Baptist Torbet mentioned the Millerites
briefly but indexed no other related topic.
Larger currents of this opposition gave voice to a counter movement of exporters and prophets, some of whom helped to create denominations, such as the Millerites
and the Campbellites; other anti-evangelical dissenters, such as the Mormons, launched separate religious movements altogether.
At the peak of his popularity an estimated 200 Protestant ministers and 50,000 laypeople could be identified as Millerites
Like Camping's followers in 2011, the Millerites
were a Christian sect who believed in a definitive 'Doomsday,' which in their case was October 22, 1844.
In the United States, ideas about the Apocalypse have a long legacy, dating back to prophecy beliefs held by Christopher Columbus and the Puritans, and to groups such as the Shakers, the Millerites
and the Native American Ghost Dance movement, Wojcik said.
, followers of Baptist layman William Miller, predicted the end of the world would be October 22, 1844 - the day later came to be known to followers as The Great Disappointment.
He also analyzes the role that theological language played in its articulation of the moral reform movement as God's cause (to be against the movement was to be in opposition to God and in league with Satan), particularly in light of the millennial fervor of the early 1840s when the Millerites
reached their zenith.
It is said to be now fast receding both from the Sun & Earth, & is calculated to be about 96,000,000 of miles from the Earth & possessing a tail some 100,000,000 miles in length, so that if by any freak it should whisk its tail toward Mother Earth, a fine opportunity would offer for the Millerites
to grasp it & thus go Heavenward unless so many got hold as to pull its nucleus or head from its orbit.
When the world did not end in 1843, as Miller predicted, his 50,000 supporters were lampooned in the press; several Millerites
then founded other campaigns, including the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Kellogg brothers' holistic health crusade.
By the Second Great Awakening some of the more rabid Millerites
, Fineyites and other participants in this new form of piety are admitted to the Hartford Retreat where the first psychological diagnoses describe religious melancholy as a form of "religious insanity.