William Henry Channing


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(1810–84), nephew of the elder W.E. Channing, was a Christian socialist and member of the Transcendental Club. He served as pastor of the Unitarian church at Cincinnati (1838–39), and there edited The Western Messenger. He spent a few months at Brook Farm, was interested in the North American Phalanx, and, becoming converted to Fourierism, headed the Boston Religious Union of Associationists (1847), which included George Ripley and Albert Brisbane. He also edited the socioreligious magazines The Present (1843–44) and The Spirit of the Age (1849–50). With Emerson and J.F. Clarke he wrote the Memoirs (1852) of Margaret Fuller, and his other writings include a Memoir of William Ellery Channing (1848).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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