George Homer Emerson, D. D.
, was born in Roxbury, Mass.
, September 3, 1822, and died in Salem, Mass.
, March 24, 1898.
His early educational advantages in the schools were limited, but he was a quick and accurate observer of human nature, and marked out for himself a line of study of books that resulted in his becoming one of the best-informed men of his time.
The religious atmosphere of the home of his childhood was permeated with the most rigid Baptist
ideas, but whatever impression these made on his mind was easily dissipated when, as a young clerk in a hardware store in Lowell, Mass.
, he began to attend on the preaching of Rev. Abel C. Thomas
, then pastor of one of the Universalist churches
in that new and stirring town.
He was soon converted to Universalism, and was persuaded by his pastor that he ought to prepare for the ministry.
His special studies were under the direction of Mr. Thomas
He was ordained at Laporte, O.
, in the summer of 1843.
With his residence first in Cleveland
, and afterwards at Dayton
, he preached in various parts of Ohio
, until 1849, when he moved to Massachusetts
While in Ohio
, he edited, in 1845, the Ohio Universalist
and Literary Companion, which was, in 1846, merged in the Western Evangelist
, published in Buffalo, N. Y.
As the agent of the Massachusetts Universalist
Home Missionary Society, he preached in various parts of that state, organizing, and being for several years pastor of the church in Somerville
, where for nine years he was also superintendent of the public schools.
From 1858 to 1864 he edited the Universalist Quarterly
From November, 1862, to May, 1864, he was associated with Sylvanus Cobb, D. D.
, in editing the