Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Kneeland, Abner

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KNEELAND, Abner, editor, b. in Gardner, Mass., 6 April, 1774; d. near Farmington, Iowa, 27 Aug., 1844. He was first a Baptist clergyman, then became a Universalist, and finally a Pantheist. He edited a Universalist magazine in Philadelphia in 1821-'3, conducted and edited the “Olive Branch and Christian Enquirer” in New York city in 1828, and founded in 1832 “The Investigator,” an organ of free-thought, in Boston. In 1836 he was tried in Boston for blasphemy, before the supreme court of Massachusetts. See “Review of the Prosecution against Kneeland for Blasphemy, by a Cosmopolite” (Boston, 1836). Kneeland published “A Columbian Miscellany” (Keene, N. H., 1804); “The Deist” (New York, 1822); a “Translation of the New Testament from the Greek” (Philadelphia, 1822); “Lectures on Universal Benevolence” (1824); “Lectures on the Doctrine of Universal Salvation” (1824); and “Review of the Evidences of Christianity” (New York, 1829).