Lorenzo Dow


Lorenzo Dow (1777-1834), Methodist itinerant evangelist, was born in Coventry, Connecticut. Known as “Crazy Dow” for his zeal and eccentric habits, Lorenzo travelled throughout North America and Britain preaching to thousands of people. Dow believed that only Christ’s death and resurrection could defeat human sinfulness but it was up to the individual person to accept or reject that atonement for their sins. Additionally, Dow, as many other Americans had during the early republic, conflated religion and politics, believing that the creation of the U.S. was a fulfillment of millennial expectations. In his last trip to England towards the end of his life, Dow was instrumental in the founding of Primitive Methodism.

For further reading see Nathan O. Hatch, The Democratization of American Christianity (Yale, 1989). 

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