Worcester, Noah

Worcester, Noah

(wo͝os`tər), 1758–1837, American Congregational clergyman, b. Hollis, N.H. He was pastor (1787–1810) at Thornton, N.H. From 1813 to 1818 he was the first editor of the Christian Disciple, a Unitarian periodical. He is, however, best remembered for his work in behalf of peace. His Solemn Review of the Custom of War (1814), under the pseudonym Philo Pacificus, had worldwide circulation and led to the establishment of peace societies. Worcester was secretary of the Massachusetts Peace Society (founded 1815), and he founded and edited (1819–28) a magazine, The Friend of Peace.
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She leaves her children, Debbie Guiney and her husband John of Worcester, John Contonio and his wife Linda of Yarmouthport, Paula Wilson and her husband Doug of Paxton and Richard Contonio and his wife Susan of Holden; a step-son, Michael Hall and his wife Christine of Boylston; three brothers, Kenneth Melnikoff of Worcester, Noah Melnikoff of West Boylston and Harold Melnikoff of Virginia Beach, VA; a sister, Bette Massad of Westborough; 8 grandchildren, Jamie, Ashley, Abigail, Christopher, Stephen, Dan, Joshua and Jessica; 4 great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces; her stepdaughter-in-law, Mindy Hall of Shrewsbury; and her former husband, James Contonio of South Dennis.
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