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 Elias Hicks

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Elias Hicks

Birth
Jericho, Nassau County, New York, USA
Death 27 Feb 1830 (aged 81)
Jericho, Nassau County, New York, USA
Burial Jericho, Nassau County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 11855407 View Source
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Quaker minister. He began preaching when he was twenty-seven-years-old. Disinterested in religion when young, he turned to it as an adult. He spoke on religious subjects as he travelled throughout the United States. As a result of his work, the New York legislature passed a law freeing every slave within its borders on July 4, 1827. He preached "obedience to the light within," as the foundation of authentic Quakerism. His followers, called "Hicksites," minimized the importance of the Bible. A schism occurred in Quakerism as a result of his teaching. Some Quakers rallied around the Bible; other perceived it as a hindrance to reaching the Spirit.


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  • Created by: rjschatz
  • Added: 30 Sep 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 11855407
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11855407/elias-hicks : accessed ), memorial page for Elias Hicks (19 Mar 1748–27 Feb 1830), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11855407, citing Jericho Friends' Burial Ground, Jericho, Nassau County, New York, USA ; Maintained by rjschatz (contributor 46560566) .