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Biography of Clark Goodhue Howland, Rev.

Rev. Clark Goodhue Howland was one of the early Unitarian ministers of Kansas. The work he did as pastor of that church at Lawrence made him widely known, but he is remembered not as a minister of creeds or denominations, but as a minister of service. He was the personification of kindness and sympathy, and the grateful memory that follows him is better than any form of material wealth. Rev. Mr. Howland was born in Orleans County, New York, August 8, 1835. He was the eighth in direct line of descent from John Howland, who came to the American colonies as a passenger on the historic Mayflower. His father was Chester Howland. His father being a farmer, Mr. Howland grew up on a farm, and when a small boy his parents removed to Michigan, locating near Adrian. He attended the high school there and fitted himself for admission into the University of Michigan. About that time a severe illness turned the current of events and changed his circumstances so that he was never able to acquire a college training in regular course, though in point of scholarship and thoroughness he was the superior of many men whose advantages had been more liberal. At an early day he decided upon the ministry as his vocation. Having to make his own living, he worked on a religious periodical in Chicago and New York City, and at the same time carried on his theological studies. He was ordained as a Universalist minister about 1860. His first charge was at Tremont near Bloomington, Illinois. While there he experienced a change of belief and...

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