Brownson, Orestes

Brownson, Orestes (Augustus)

(1803–76) writer, religious thinker; born in Stockbridge, Vt. Largely self-educated and zealously devoted to social and religious reform, he was, successively, a Presbyterian, a Universalist minister, and a Unitarian pastor, before founding his own sect (1836); he was also associated with the transcendentalist movement. In 1838 he founded and became editor of the Boston (later Brownson's) Quarterly Review. In 1844, with his wife and seven children, he became a Catholic; as an apologist for Catholicism (and for American democracy) thereafter, he was, as always, militant and uncompromising; his works, which attracted controversy from both inside and outside Catholicism, were widely read in his day.
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Brownson, Orestes. A Discourse on the Wants of the Times, Delivered in Lyceum Hall, Hanover Street, Boston, Sunday, May 29, 1836.
(27) Orestes Brownson, Orestes Brownson: Selected Political Writings, ed.