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This Day in Boston History

April 21st, 1855

D.L. Moody is Converted

Born and raised in Northfield, Dwight Lyman Moody (DL Moody) left school at grade five. He moved to Boston to begin employment at his uncle's shoe store. As a condition of his employment, Moody attended church. It was while wrapping shoes on this day, in 1855; Moody was converted. Moody went on to become one of the world's most influential evangelists.

He opened his first Sunday school in Chicago. As his reputation grew so did the number of parishioners and the reach of his sermons. Moody led crusades throughout the United States and Great Britain. His dedication led him to battlefields where he would enlighten wounded soldiers. Admirers, including Abraham Lincoln and Present Grant, stood several hours to hear the sermons of this venerated leader.


 


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.


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