Pastor of the Second Society of Universalists in Boston, 1817 to 1852.
June 7. — In Boston, Reverend Hosea Ballou, aged 80; since 1817 Pastor of the Second Universalist Society in Boston, and for sixty years a distinguished preacher of that denomination. He was born in Richmond, N. H., April 30, 1771. His father was a Baptist clergyman, and he was admitted a member of that church in his nineteenth year. He soon became a Universalist, was excluded from the church, and began to preach in 1791. He was first settled in Dana, Mass., then in Barnard, Vt., then in Portsmouth, N. H., then in Salem, Mass., whence he removed to Boston in 1817.
— The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, for the Year 1853 (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1853), p. 337.
Ruth Washburn Ballou