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Friday, November 9, 2007

P.T. Barnum, 'prince of humbugs' - and Universalist.

The Times has a fun piece on P.T. Barnum's Manhattan — there's even an audiotour you can download to your mp3 player to accompany your visit to sites associated with the brilliant marketer and self-proclaimed "prince of humbugs" — which makes this an ideal time to mention that Barnum was a devoted Universalist. Hank Peirce wrote about Barnum's Universalism and his support for the Universalist-sponsored Tufts University for UU World back in 2002; and here's Alan Seaburg's Dictionary of Unitarian Universalist Biography entry about Barnum.

("When Barnum took Manhattan," John Strausbaugh, New York Times 11.9.07; "P.T. Barnum: The greatest faith on Earth," Hank Peirce, UU World Sept./Oct. 2002; "P.T. Barnum," Alan Seaburg, Dictionary of Unitarian Universalist Biography)

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 9 November 2007 at 8:06 AM

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Steven R:

November 9, 2007 07:04 PM | Permalink for this comment

and interesting enough the current issue of the UNIVERSALIST HERALD has a reprint of P.T. Barnium's essay "Why I am an Universalist"
the original tract was inprint from the Universalist Publishing House until at least the early 1940s.

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