Early American Universalist

Universalism began in America with the preaching of John Murray (1741-1815), an Englishman, a convert to Methodism, and, for a time, a Methodist preacher. He espoused the doctrine of the final salvation of all, which he preached along the Atlantic seaboard, but principally in New England, from 1770 until his death in 1815 … Walter Balfour (c. 1776-1852), a Presbyterian minister from Scotland, preached Universalism in America, and wrote in behalf of this tenet. But the most effective agent in promoting the cause of the Universalists, and in giving definite form to their creed, was Hosea Ballou (1771-1852).

George P. Fisher
History of the Christian Church (1904), p. 617

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