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Elias Smith

Elias Smith (17 June 1769 - 29 June 1846) was a preacher, physician, journalist and clergyman. Smith, along with the preacher Abner Jones, founded a group of Christian Churches in New England that eventually merged with other like-minded, regional groups to become the denomination known as the Christian Connexion. Smith founded The Herald of Gospel Liberty in 1808, claimed by many to be the first religious journal in the United States.[1]

Smith proved to be a controversial figure in the Christian Connexion, leaving the denomination for a time to become a Universalist, which he finally repudiated in 1840.[2]

Smith died in Lynn, Massachusetts.[3]


See Also


  1. ^ Hines, Michael. The Christian Chronicler. [1]
  2. ^ Smith, Elias. The Life, Conversion, Preaching, Travels and Sufferings of Elias Smith, pp 360-1.
  3. ^ Burnett, J.F. Elias Smith: Reformer, Journalist, Doctor; Horace Mann, Christian Statesmen and Educator. [2]

Further Reading

  • The Perfect Law of Liberty: Elias Smith and the Providential History of America, Michael G. Kenny

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