Rev. William Henry Furness

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William Henry Furness

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Birthplace: Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts
Death: Died
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Son of William Furness and Rebecca Furness
Husband of Annis Pullen Furness
Father of Horace Howard Furness; Capt. Frank Furness, Medal of Honor; William Henry Furness, Jr.; William Furness, Painter and Annis Lee

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About Rev. William Henry Furness

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Furness

Rev. William Henry Furness (1802–1896) was an American clergyman, theologian, reformer and abolitionist.

Biography

Furness was born in 1802. He went on to graduate of the Theological Department of Harvard University in 1823. He then became Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia at the age of 22, serving from 1825 to 1875. A close friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson, he presided over a period marked by the growth and increasing prosperity for First Church. A fiery abolitionist, he was a supporter of the rights of all segments of society, including African-Americans and Jews. Following the American Civil War, he raised funds for Black schools the South, including Morehouse College.

He was the father of painter William Henry Furness, Jr., Shakespearean scholar Horace Howard Furness, architect Frank Furness, and author and translator Annis Furness Lee.

In the position of Minister Emeritus, Rev. Furness lived to see the completion of the current First Church building in 1886, designed by his son Frank.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Furness

Rev. William Henry Furness (1802–1896) was an American clergyman, theologian, reformer and abolitionist.

An 1823 graduate of the Theological Department of Harvard University, he became Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia at the age of 22, serving from 1825 to 1875. A close friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson, he presided over a period marked by the growth and increasing prosperity for First Church. A fiery abolitionist, he was a supporter of the rights of all segments of society, including African-Americans and Jews. Following the American Civil War, he raised funds for Black schools in the South, including Morehouse College.

He was the father of painter William Furness, Shakespearean scholar Horace Howard Furness, architect Frank Furness, and author and translator Annis Furness Lee.

In the position of Minister Emeritus, Rev. Furness lived to see the completion of the current First Church building in 1886, designed by his son Frank.

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Rev. William Henry Furness's Timeline

1802
April 20, 1802
Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts
1827
1827
Age 24
1833
November 2, 1833
Age 31
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
1839
November 12, 1839
Age 37
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1896
January 30, 1896
Age 93
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