And the Wilderness Shall Blossom
Henry Benjamin Whipple, Churchman, Educator, Advocate for the Indians
ISBN10: 1890434752 ISBN13: 9781890434755 Publisher: Afton Historical Society Pr Published: Oct 15 2008 Pages: 287 Weight: 3.65lbs. Height: 10.50" Width: 9.75" Depth: 1.25" Language: English
When he died in 1902, Henry Benjamin Whipple was one of Minnesota's best-known citizens. In his 42 years as Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota, he had overseen the development of the state's Episcopal Diocese and established two well-regarded secondary schools (Shattuck and St. Marys) and Seabury Seminary. In his denomination, he was a force for consiliation and mission. But he was most famous as a champion of the rights of Native Americans. Although his advocacy of assimilating native peoples into the majority culture is now challenged, in his time he was a major voice in bringing the plight of Native Americans onto the international stage. An outgoing, charismatic figure, Whipple was ninety percent St. John and ten percent New York politician, a charming blend of evangelist and shrewd businessman whose friends ran the gamut from presidents to backwoodsmen. His simple sincerity and beautiful, powerful voice made him a popular speaker and persuasive fund-raiser.