The Reverend Thomas Starr King left the amenities of bookish and comfortable Boston, where he was lionized as a charismatic and courageous preacher, to take a struggling Unitarian pulpit in a San Francisco that in the 1850s was hardly the sophisticated city that it is today. He soon found himself involved in the desperate fight to keep California in the Union and slave free. Not coincidentally, he became Grand Chaplain of the Masonic Grand Lodge of California, joining brother freemasons in the struggle against succession.
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About the Author
Dr. Paul Rich is a member of the Gettysburg Association, the Lincoln Group of Washington, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Sons of Union Veterans. He belongs to the Unitarian historical societies both in the United Kingdom and United States, and is a life member of the Conference of California Historical Associations.