Josiah Warren

Josiah Warren

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Josiah Warren

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Josiah Warren (1798–1874) was an individualist anarchist, inventor, musician, and author in the United States. He is widely regarded as the first American anarchist,Palmer, Brian (2010-12-29) , Slate.comRiggenbach, Jeff (2011-02-25) , Mises Institute and the four-page weekly paper he edited during 1833, The Peaceful Revolutionist, was the first anarchist periodical published,William Bailie, Josiah Warren: The First American Anarchist — A Sociological Study, Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1906, p. 20


Early life

Warren was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1798. He showed an early talent for music and was a member of the "Old Boston Brigade Band" at an early age. He married at age 20 and in 1821 moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. He invented a tallow-burning lamp in 1821 and manufactured his invention for a number of years in Cincinnati.William Bailie, Josiah Warren; George Warren, "Josiah Warren"; "Weekly Summary," The Plough Boy, and Journal of the Board of Agriculture, 2, 52 (May 26, 1821), 415.

Owenism and New Harmony

In 1825, Warren became aware of the "social system" of Robert Owen and began to talk with others in...
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