Oliver Stearns


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(1807–85), after graduation from Harvard (1826) and Harvard Divinity School became a Unitarian clergyman. His ideas are expressed in such works as The Gospel as Applied to the Fugitive Slave Law (1851). With J.F. Clarke and F.H. Hedge he was in the vanguard of the progressive Unitarian thinkers and is said to be the first American theologian to champion the theory of evolution as a cosmic law. He was a professor at Harvard Divinity School (1863–78).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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