The Remarkable Life of John Murray Spear: Agitator for the Spirit Land

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The Remarkable Life of John Murray Spear: Agitator for the Spirit Land

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John Murray Spear was one of nineteenth-century America s most interesting characters. A leading social agitator against slavery and capital punishment, Spear also became the nation s most flamboyant spiritualist, inventor of “spirit machines,” and advocate of free love. In his captivating biography, John Buescher brings to life Spear s superlatively odd story. While no photograph or engraving of Spear exists, and his letters and personal papers are scarce, Buescher recreates in this book a sympathetic, even heroic, figure who spent the most energetic decades of his career absent, in a sense, from his own life, displaced by other spirits.

Born in 1804, John Murray Spear started his career as a Universalist minister. He later was a close colleague of William Lloyd Garrison and Theodore Parker in the abolitionist movement, an operator on the underground railroad in Boston, an influential leader in the effort to end the death penalty and to reform prison conditions, and a public advoc