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Olcott, Henry Steel
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(Aug 2, 1832, Orange, NJ – Feb 17, 1907, Adyar near Madras). Olcott grew up in a Presbyterian family. As a young man he turned to spiritualist circles (Spiritualism). Following a career as a journalist (from 1853), he was an agricultural expert, an officer of the Union in the American Civil War (1861–1865), and an attorney (from 1868). In 1875, he, together with H.P. Blavatsky, founded in New York the Theosophical Society (Theosophy) for scientific research into paranormal experiences. Two additional aims appeared later: to spread in the West the “…

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Müller, Hans-Peter, “Olcott, Henry Steel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024232>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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