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Fundamentalists in the CityConflict and Division in Boston's Churches, 1885-1950$
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Margaret Lamberts Bendroth

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195173902.001.0001

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 The Fight for Boston Common

 The Fight for Boston Common

(p.41) 3 The Fight for Boston Common
Fundamentalists in the City

Margaret Lamberts Bendroth

Oxford University Press

In the spring of 1885, Boston police arrested three clergymen for preaching on Boston Common. Two of the men, H. L. Hastings and W. H. Davis, were fairly obscure evangelists; the third was A. J. Gordon, well-known pastor of the Clarendon Baptist Church in the South End. The event’s heavily publicized unfolding fueled conspiratorial speculation among Protestants, bringing them into direct confrontation with Hugh O’Brien, Boston’s newly elected Irish-Catholic mayor, and the Catholic-dominated city government.

Keywords:   Boston Common, A. J. Gordon, Hugh O’Brien, Boston police, conspiracy, Catholics

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