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Colby, Luther (12 October 1814–07 October 1894), Spiritualist editor, was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts, the son of Captain William Colby and Mary (maiden name unknown). After a common school education, Colby learned the printing trade as a youth. In 1836 he moved to Boston to work for the ...

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Pelley, William Dudley (12 March 1890–01 July 1965), novelist, religious and political leader, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of William George Apsey Pelley, a Methodist minister and printer, and Grace Goodale. Pelley's family lived in several Massachusetts communities during Dudley's childhood. He dropped out of Springfield Technical High School during his sophomore year at the behest of his father, who needed his son to help him in a toilet paper factory he co-owned....

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Williams, John Shoebridge (31 July 1790–22 April 1878), civil engineer, magazine editor, and spiritualist, was born in Newport, Carteret County, North Carolina, the son of Welsh immigrant Robert Williams, a plantation and mill owner, and English immigrant Anne Shoebridge. His mother provided him with his earliest education....