Feb. 18, 1886 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
English-born temperance lecturer John B. Gough was always pleased to speak of himself as a citizen of Worcester. Between 1843 and 1869 he delivered more than 6000 public addresses on the evils of drink, claiming to have obtained over 200,000 pledges in the first ten years.
Spirit of Democracy, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, March 2, 1886
John B. Gough, the great temperance orator, while delivering a lecture in Philadelphia, February 15, was stricken with paralysis. He died on the 18th at the home of Dr. R. Pacce Burns. His last words were, "Young man, make your record clear."
He was an Englishman by birth but spent the great portion of his life in America coming to the United States at the age of 12. At one time he was a common toper and in destitute circumstances, but in 1842 he signed the pledge. He immediately entered the temperance field and won honors and achieved a reputation second to no man ever in the same work. His matchless chquence, wonderful powers of del____ of character, dramatic manner and pathos has never been surpassed, and he probably spoke to more people than any other man living. Up to his death Mr. Gough had spoken to more than 9,000,000 of people, and had traveled over 5,000,000 miles.
His oratory was not spent alone on temperance, but laticely lectured on many other subjects of interest.