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Gates, Theophilus Ransom

(1787–1846). B. Hartland, Connecticut; early experienced strange, disturbing visions; in Philadelphia 1810–35; criticized existing religions; pub. the monthly Reformer; unhappy home life led him to adopt perfectionism*; influenced by J. H. Noyes*; launched “Battle-Axe Experiment” 1837, advocating free love based on a “principle of holiness” leading to union of “soul mates”; his colony in “Free Love Valley” near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, disappeared after he left in reaction against excesses.


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