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First Universalist Church, Norway, Maine

First Universalist Church, Norway, Maine

1749 – Thomas Barnes was born. He became Universalist through the preaching of Caleb Rich. Barnes preached in New Hampshire and Vermont before taking up a ministry in Oxford, Massachusetts, from 1789 to 1792. In 1799, he moved to Norway, Maine and became the first Universalist preacher there. Barnes is considered one of the founding generation of Universalist ministers.

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