The Strange Story of one time Episcopal Bishop William Montgomery Brown

Posted by Kendall Harmon

He left Arkansas in 1911, obsessed with the idea that he held the key to world salvation. He and Ella came back to Galion, where he had a nervous breakdown. He was granted a year's leave of absence from his duties in Arkansas. During his recuperation, the bishop began reading the works of Karl Marx and Charles Darwin.

He resigned his position in April 1912 with the understanding that he could keep his seat in the House of Bishops.

From 1912 to 1920, Brown underwent a startling conversion process and embraced Marxism and socialism. Brown's acceptance of socialism and Marxism led him to communism. It was during this time that the prominent socialist Eugene Debs visited often.

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4 Comments
Posted June 9, 2011 at 5:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. kmh1 wrote:

Jack Spong Predivivus.

June 9, 9:02 am | [comment link]
2. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

Why is this story running today? He died in October 1937.

June 9, 9:12 am | [comment link]
3. evan miller wrote:

He would be just one of the boys (and girls) in the HOB today.  Mainstream.

June 9, 3:20 pm | [comment link]
4. Ad Orientem wrote:

A man ahead of his time.

June 9, 4:39 pm | [comment link]
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