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Henry Ward Beecher Thinks Flowers Are The Sweetest Thing…

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.”

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“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.” – Life Thoughts (1858) Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887) was a relatively liberal clergyman in America, son of a famous preacher and brother to Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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Henry Ward Beecher grew up in Connecticut, attended Amherst college and the Lane seminary in Ohio. He accepted posts as minister in Indiana and New York as well as widely traveling the U.S. and England as a lecturer. His fame for being humorous (sermons were not usually humorous in the 19th century) and relatable was eclipsed later in life by scandal. A known womanizer, Beecher was taken to trial by a husband of one of his mistresses.

In his lectures Henry Ward Beecher supported abolition of slavery, splitting with his denomination. He spoke publicly in support of abolition, supported abolitionist fighters in territories by sending rifles dubbed “Beecher’s Bibles”, then sided with the union when Civil War broke out. Abraham Lincoln sent him on a speaking tour of Europe to raise support for the Union. His contemporary, Ralph Waldo Emerson, spoke against slavery, as well.

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