The Fight for Boston Common

Margaret Lamberts Bendroth

in Fundamentalists in the City

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195173901
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835577 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

  The Fight for Boston Common

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In the spring of 1885, Boston police arrested three clergymen for preaching on Boston Common. Two of the men, H. L. Hastings and W. H. Davis, were fairly obscure evangelists; the third was A. J. Gordon, well-known pastor of the Clarendon Baptist Church in the South End. The event’s heavily publicized unfolding fueled conspiratorial speculation among Protestants, bringing them into direct confrontation with Hugh O’Brien, Boston’s newly elected Irish-Catholic mayor, and the Catholic-dominated city government.

Keywords: Boston Common; A. J. Gordon; Hugh O’Brien; Boston police; conspiracy; Catholics

Chapter.  6519 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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