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John B. Gough Letters

A description of his letters at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 21 Apr 2010

Biographical History

John Bartholomew Gough (1817-1886) was an English lecturer and temperance reformer. Originally born in Kent, England, he immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 12. He was a drunkard as a young man, but reformed himself after attending a temperance meeting in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1842. He then began a career as a temperance lecturer, traveling throughout American, Canada and the British Isles. He was one of the most famous public speakers of the late 19th century.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John G. Gough Letters contains outgoing personal and business correspondence of Gough. The 20 handwritten letters span the years of 1844 to 1879. Many are addressed to Gough's friends or his wife Mary, while others respond to requests for Gough's services as a lecturer. The letters were sent from a variety of places in America, Scotland and England, although most were sent from Gough's home of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items are in chronological order.


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Subject Headings


Gough, John B. (John Bartholomew), 1817-1886.


Temperance -- Massachusetts -- Worcester County -- History.
Temperance -- United States -- History -- 19th century.


Worcester (Mass.) -- History.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John B. Gough Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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