Francis Julius Bellamy was an American Christian socialist minister and author, best known for writing the original version of the US Pledge of Allegiance in 1892.
|Born:||Francis Julius Bellamy, May 18, 1855, Mount Morris, New York, US|
|Died:||August 28, 1931, Tampa, Florida, US|
|Alma mater:||University of Rochester|
|Occupation:||Minister, author, editor|
|Era:||Third Great Awakening|
|Known for:||Creating the Pledge of Allegiance|
About Francis Bellamy
Best remembered as the author of the United States’ Pledge of Allegiance, Bellamy also worked as a minister and allied himself with the nineteenth-century Christian socialist movement.
He earned a theology degree from New York’s University of Rochester.
He launched an unsuccessful New York gubernatorial campaign.
He grew up in Rome, New York as the son of a Baptist minister. In the early 1880s, he married his first wife, Harriet Benton; the union produced sons named David and John (following Benton’s death, Bellamy wed Marie Morin).
He and fellow writer John Ruskin were both Christian socialists of the late 19th Century.
Information related to Francis Bellamy
- http://undergod.procon.org/view.additional-resource.php?resourceID=78 Francis Bellamy’s Companion Address
- http://history.vineyard.net/pledge.htm Profile of Francis Bellamy by Dr J. W. Baer
- http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?page=1779 Collection of Bellamy papers, 1890-2002 – River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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