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Orestes Augustus Brownson was a New England intellectual and activist, preacher, labor organizer, and noted Catholic convert and writer. Brownson was a publicist, a career which spanned his affiliation with the New England Transcendentalists through his subsequent conversion to Roman Catholicism.

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Brownson in 1863, by G. P. A. Healy.
Born Orestes Augustus Brownson
(1803-09-16)September 16, 1803
Stockbridge, Vermont, United States
Died April 17, 1876(1876-04-17) (aged 72)
Detroit, United States
Nationality American

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Orestes Augustus Brownson (16 September 1803 – 17 April 1876) was a New England intellectual and activist, preacher, labor organizer, and noted Catholic convert and writer. Brownson was a publicist, a career which spanned his affiliation with the New England Transcendentalists through his subsequent conversion to Roman Catholicism.

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