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This Day in Boston History
January 23rd, 1893
considered by many to be the predominant preacher of the 19th century,
died on this day in history.
As the Rector of Boston's
Trinity Church, his sermons were reprinted in over two hundred newspapers
weekly. Helen Keller was a regular parishioner, and a personal friend
of his. He was a frequent speaker at his alma mater, Harvard, and served
as one of its rotating pastors and led morning prayers there.
He died of diphtheria at age 57. The day of his funeral, the Boston Stock
Exchange and city stores closed in mourning. Harvard students were his
pallbearers as the heavy casket journeyed from Trinity Church through
Harvard Yard to Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Brooks is memorialized by the operation of Brooks
House, Harvard's center for religious community and study.