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Rev Lorenzo Dow

Rev Lorenzo Dow

Coventry, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA
Death 2 Feb 1834 (aged 56)
Georgetown, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Reno Hill, Lot 894 1/2.
Memorial ID 36902111 · View Source
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Evangelist, Author, Mason, Eccentric. Lorenzo Dow was once one of the most famous people in the United States. His autobiography was the second best selling book next to the Bible. Thousands of children were named after him with Lorenzo Dow remaining a popular name until the early 1900s. He became a traveling minister on probation with the Methodist Church at age 21, but was never ordained. During the 38 years of his career he traveled to England and Ireland two times, to Canada and the West Indies and around the United States 15 to 20 times. While in England he introduced camp meetings which instigated the Primitive Methodist movement. Since he was not an ordained minister he preached in town halls, barns, open fields and in the Congressional Hall of Representatives. He was known for appearing at public events announcing that he would preach in the same spot one year from today. He always appeared and was met by an immense crowd. His oratory was known to bring women to tears and men to hysteria as he preached fire and brimstone. An eccentric individual known as Crazy Dow he looked the part with shoulder length hair and a beard down to his stomach. Tall and bony he was a charismatic speaker with a harsh raspy voice. He knew instinctively how to appeal to an audience. After speaking he would often jump into the saddle of his horse and ride away at a gallop. He was known for leaving through windows instead of doors. There are literally hundreds of stories about the itinerant preacher who himself became a folklore legend.

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A christian is the highest
style of man.
He is
A slave to no sect, takes
no private road,
But looks through nature
up to nature's God.

Gravesite Details His remains were removed at the instigation of W.W. Corcoran from Holmead's Burial Ground at Twentieth and Boundary Streets to Oak Hill Cemetery in 1881.
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