wo͝os´tər, 1758–1837, American Congregational clergyman, b. Hollis, N.H. He was pastor (1787–1810) at Thornton, N.H. From 1813 to 1818 he was the first editor of the Christian Disciple, a Unitarian periodical. He is, however, best remembered for his work in behalf of peace. His Solemn Review of the Custom of War (1814), under the pseudonym Philo Pacificus, had worldwide circulation and led to the establishment of peace societies. Worcester was secretary of the Massachusetts Peace Society (founded 1815), and he founded and edited (1819–28) a magazine, The Friend of Peace.
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