Henry Ward Beecher Biography
(Clergyman, Preacher & Abolitionist)
Birthday: June 24, 1813 (Cancer)
Born In: Litchfield, Connecticut, U.S
Henry Ward Beecher was a revered American theological Congregationalist clergyman, preacher, and influential social reformer. His reckoning and beliefs regarding the abolition of slavery and God’s unconditional love has left an indelible impression on American history. His sermons proclaimed the adoration of God’s mercy above punishment, and his speeches were a comforting alternative of humour and slang instead of the usual serious testimonials. Amidst the Civil War, he raised funds to release men and women from slavery and stood in support of the “Union”. Unlike other clergymen who challenged the theory of evolution, Henry Beecher supported the theory, stating it didn’t oppose Christian faith. As an ambassador of Women’s Suffrage and asupporter of the Temperance Movement, he advocated reforms necessary for social upliftment. Contrary to his work, he was accused of being a womaniser, and was reported to have had an affair with a woman named Elizabeth Tilton. The news flashed on all sources of media and Theodore Tilton, husband of Elizabeth, filed adultery charges against Beecher. The entire case was monitored closely by the press and it became one of the most widely reported trials in all of America.