Quaker Founder George Fox Dies

Quaker Founder George Fox Dies

George Fox
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George Fox, the founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers), dies at the age of 66. The son of a weaver, Fox had a very serious and religious disposition even as a child; when older, he objected to the worldly and often immoral conduct of those who professed to be experts or leaders of religion.

As an adult he had a religious experience and underwent a conversion which caused him to embark upon a public ministry despite lacking any official qualifications or approval.

By all accounts his appeal was very powerful, and consequently George Fox attracted quite a lot of attention and many conversions to his way of thinking. In a few years the Society of Friends formed almost spontaneously under his leadership among the people he had brought around him.

George Fox was arrested many times for violating a number of religious laws which forbade things such as unauthorized religious worship and refusing to take an official oath. He persevered, however, and his organization grew in size not only in England but also in the American colonies.

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