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1778 – Nathaniel Stacy was born in New Salem, Massachusetts. At age 14, Stacy was apprenticed to a blacksmith. He went on to teach school, distribute newspapers, and work for a clockmaker. Stacy’s personal study of the Bible convinced him of universal salvation. Inspired to preach by Hosea Ballou, he was ordained in 1803. Stacy’s preaching circuit epanded to two dozen towns in central New York, and he is known as the “father of Universalism” in New York State. Read more about Nathaniel Stacy.