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 (bē′chər), Lyman 1775-1863.
American cleric. A fiery preacher, moderate Calvinist theologian, and resolute abolitionist, he was the father of Catharine Esther Beecher (1800-1878), who promoted equal educational opportunities for women; Edward Beecher (1803-1895), a clergyman and educator noted for his abolitionist views and writings; and Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), a clergyman and newspaper editor famous for his abolitionist orations. Harriet Beecher Stowe was another of Lyman's children.
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(Biography) Henry Ward. 1813–87, US clergyman: a leader in the movement for the abolition of slavery
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1. Henry Ward, 1813–87, U.S. preacher and writer.
2. Lyman, 1775–1863, U.S. preacher and theologian (father of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher).
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Noun1.Beecher - United States clergyman who was a leader for the abolition of slavery (1813-1887)Beecher - United States clergyman who was a leader for the abolition of slavery (1813-1887)
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But now your thoughts went back to Beecher, and you looked hard across as if you were studying the character in his features.
Your eyes turned across to the unframed portrait of Henry Ward Beecher which stands upon the top of your books.
I tell you Harriet Beecher Stowe herself couldn't 'a' done it better justice."
Reverend Henry Ward Beecher was to have accompanied the expedition, but urgent duties obliged him to give up the idea.
"Beecher!" exclaimed Tom, and there was such a change in his manner that his friends could not help noticing it.
"Did you say his name was Fenimore Beecher?" Tom asked in a tense voice.
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Historic Pike Place Market in Seattle is home not only to a new cheese shop, Beecher's Handmade Cheese, but to a fabulous new artisan cheese as well.
Julieanne Beecher, 24, performed for the undercover government investigator, unaware that he was secretly filming her.
Julieanne Beecher earned up to pounds 300 a week dancing for businessmen at the same time as claiming state benefits.