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Jul. 24, 1836 Windsor County Vermont, USA
Jan. 30, 1899 Denver Denver County Colorado, USA
Social Reformer, Religious Leader. In 1887, he co-founded and was the first president for Charity Organizations Society, in Denver. This organization, now known as the United Way, is currently the largest charitable fundraising organization in the world. Protestent, Catholic, and Jewish leaders cooperated for a united campaign to raise funds for 22 different health and welfare agencies, and in 1888, they raised $21,700. At that time, he was the pastor for Denver's First Congregational Church. He fought for the rights of working class people in Colorado and was called the Christian Socialist of the American West. His sermons were reprinted in over 50 newspapers nationwide. In one sermon he stated, "the tramp is a warning to us that our social system has failed." With growing popularity, he was nominated for congress in 1886 and 1892. In 1894, he sided with a Cripple Creek miners strike, that many of his middle-class parishoners disagreed with. Later that year he left the Congregational Church to found a nondenominational church that met at Denver's Broadway Theater.