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And the wilderness shall blossom : Henry Benjamin Whipple, churchman, educator,
Allen, Anne Beiser
Adult Nonfiction BX5995.W48 A645 2008

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Summary: When he died in 1902, Henry Benjamin Whipple was one of Minnesota's best-known citizens. In his 42 years as Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota, he had overseen the development of the state's Episcopal Diocese and established two well-regarded secondary schools (Shattuck and St. Marys) and Seabury Seminary. In his denomination, he was a force for conciliation and mission. .. But he was most famous as a champion of the rights of Native Americans. Also his advocacy of assimilating native peoples into the majority culture is now challenged, in his time he was a major voice in bringing the plight of Native Americans onto the international stateg. .. An outgoing, charismatic figure, Whipple was "ninety percent St. John and ten percent New York politician," a charming blend of evangelist and shrewd businessman whose friends rant the gamut from presidents to backwoodsmen. His simple sincerity and beautiful, powerful voice made him a popular speaker and persuasive fund-raiser. .. Anne Beiser Allen traces Whipple's origins in upstate New York, his election as Minnesota's first Episcopal Bishop and his growing influence in the fields of religious affairs, education and Indian policy. Her carefully documents research helps to bring this complex figure into clearer focus.

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