Who was Henry Ward Beecher?

According to Wikipedia:

 Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God’s love, and his 1875 adultery trial.

I stared at a quote of his at the top of my calendar throughout August. It said: Of all man’s works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.

But yesterday I gave it a second read and decided to go to Google to find out who he was.

He was a well-known evangelist and the first pastor of the Plymouth Church in Brooklyn.

His sister Harriet wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

He was a strong abolitionist. During the Civil War. Lincoln sent him to Europe on a speaking tour to build support for the union.

After the war, he was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.

He was tried for adultery but exonerated.

He taught at Yale.

He was an author of several published works.

And there’s a monument of him in downtown Brooklyn today.

And I’ve been staring at his words all month. Now I know who said them.

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