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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 351

Ballou, Hosea Faxon. Papers, ca. 1835-1871.

Sermons and other papers of Vermont pastor and legistlator Hosea Faxon Ballou.


  • 1835-1871.


5 boxes

This collection consists of sermons by Hosea Ballou. They are arranged chronologically with undated sermons at the end. The collection also contains other papers, including fragments of essays/sermons, poems, funeral addresses, and clippings.

Biographical / Historical

Hosea Faxon Ballou (1799-1881) was born in Dana, Massachusetts. He married in 1817 and he and his wife Mary had ten children. Ballou began theological studies under the Rev. Benjamin Whittemore in 1832 and was ordained in Boston in 1833. For nearly fifty years he was a man of enormous religious influence in southern Vermont. In addition to his pastoral duties, he served as the Whitingham, Vermont, town clerk for seventeen years; was twice elected to the Vermont State Constitutional Convention; served in the Vermont State Legislature, and was president of the Wilmington (Vt.) Savings Bank for seven years. He died in Wilmington, Vermont.


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Dated sermons
  2. Series II. Undated sermons
  3. Series III. Other papers

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.
Ballou, Hosea Faxon, 1799-1881. Papers, ca. 1835-1871: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies.

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