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Hosea Ballou I

Hosea Ballou I was a Universalist preacher and the great-uncle of Hosea Ballou II, the first president of Tufts University. Despite less than three years of schooling, he was a renowned orator and theologian.

Ballou I and Ballou II published the first Universalist magazine (fittingly titled the Universalist Magazine) in 1820. This magazine later became the Trumpet and Universalist Magazine.

After Ballou I’s death in 1852, Edward Augustus Brackett was commissioned to sculpt a life-size monument for his gravesite at Mount Auburn Cemetery.