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Horatio W. Dresser

(January 15, 1866 - March 30, 1954)

New Thought Author  Horatio W. Dresser

About New Thought Author Horatio W. Dresser

Horatio Willis Dresser was a New Thought religious leader and author. He was born in Yarmouth, Maine,to Julius Dresser and Anetta Seabury Dresser. Both of his parents were involved in the early New Thought movement through their studies with Phinease Parkhurst Quimby. During his teenage years, Horatio's father was embroiled in a controversy with Mary baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, whom he had accused of stealing quimby's original concepts and teachings and using them as a basis for Christian Science.

In 1891, Horatio Dresser was admitted to Harvard , but dropped out a few years later upon the death of his father in 1893. Horatio returned to Harvard ten years later and completed his ph.D. in 1907.

In 1895, Horatio Dresser became involved with the Metaphysical Club of Boston, a group which he would later refer to as the "first permanent New Thought club". Later that same year, Horatio Dresser published his first book,"The Power Of Silence". One year later, he founded the Journal of Practical Metaphysics. In 1998, the journal was merged into The Arena, and Dresser became the associate editor. Horatio Dresser also married Alice Mae Reed around this time. On 1899, Horatio Dresser founded another New Thought magazine titled, "The Higher Law". Dresser was also a past president of the International New Thought Alliance.

From 1911 to 1913, Dresser taught at Ursinus College in Philadephia, Pennsylvania. In 1919, he became a minister of the General Convention of the Church of the New Jerusalem, which was a denomination built around the teachings of Emanuel Swedenbord. He also briefly served as a pastor of the Swedenborgian church in Portland, Maine.

In 1921, after the Library of Congress made the Quimby papers available, Horatio Dresser compiled and edited a selection of Quimby's works, The Quimby Manuscripts. In this work, Dresser re-opened the controvery concerning Quimby and Mary Baker Eddy.

In a 1900 Antanta Consitution article, Horatio Dresser was described as: Tall and slender, with a finely modeled head, which is poised on a magnificent pair of shoulders; his general athletic appearance indicates something more than mere student ... His delivery is plain, straightforward, and unadorned with the flowers of rhetoric.

Horatio Dresser died on March, 30, 1954 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Published writings by Horatio W. Dresser:


( Healing Hypotheses - Chapter IV - Horatio Willis Dresser

Quotes by Horatio W. Dresser

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