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Spiritualism’s Who’s Who

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Modern Spiritualism has a fascinating and sometimes colorful history with many pioneers who were the elite of society from all over the world. Some individuals were openly Spiritualists.  Others kept it quiet.  In Canada, the U.S.A. and other first world countries, we live in tolerant and pluralistic societies.  This was not the case in the early days of Spiritualism.  And, unfortunately there is still religious intolerance and prejudice today.


I’m hoping to add more famous Spiritualists as I continue my research. I welcome contributions with sources to the list of  21st Century, famous Spiritualist persons who are household names.


Let’s begin with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famous author of the Sherlock Holmes Mysteries.  He was one of the pioneers of Spiritualism promoting and lecturing extensively on the subject. Sir Arthur wrote “A History of Modern Spiritualism, Volumes I and II,” amongst other books on Spiritualism.  Many are now out of print, but can be accessed at reference libraries and some on line.  If you go to the pages Section of the Group, you will see a link to a You Tube clip of Conan Doyle speaking about Spiritualism.


Two very important Heads of State were Spiritualists, albeit unofficial.  They were President Abraham Lincoln of the U.S. and Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.  To learn more click on Famous Historical Believers in the Afterlife.


Very famous inventor Thomas Edison was interested in Spiritualism.  He attempted to construct an instrument that would connect this world with the next world. Thomas Edison link:  http://www.angelfire.com/nj/writeups/journal3.html and quote:

?However, there was one invention Edison wanted to create but the time was not right — an instrument to communicate with loved ones in the Spirit World. The Revs. Tom and Lisa Butler refers to it in their forthcoming book ?There is No Death and There are No Dead? subtitled: ?Evidence of Survival through EVP and ITC.? (Electronic Voice Phenomena and Instrumental TransCommunication)

The Butlers write: Thomas Edison believed that there could be a radio frequency between the long and short waves, which would make possible some form of telepathic contact with the other world. In the October 1920 issue of Scientific American(47), Edison was quoted as saying;

“If our personality survives, then it is strictly logical or scientific to assume that it retains memory, intellect, other faculties and knowledge that we acquire on this Earth. Therefore, if personality exists after what we call death, it is reasonable to conclude that those who leave the Earth would like to communicate with those they have left here. I am inclined to believe that our personality hereafter will be able to affect matter. If this reasoning be correct, then, if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected by our personality as it survives in the next life, such an instrument, when made available, ought to record something.”

See also http://www.prairieghosts.com/oh-milan.html


There is a website that provides specifications for building Edison’s GhostBox.  Click on the link above.  The Page is titled ”Frank’s Box”, Frank Sumption. 

Carl Jung’s, (famous psychologist), family were practicing Spiritualists.  Jung studied mediums.  I would conclude that many of his Jungian philosophies arose out of his involvement with Spiritualism.  It is said he practiced automatic writing.


Queen Alexandra and I would go so far as to say many of the Russian Royal Family were interested in Spiritualism in its early days.  Other European Royals were interested in Spiritualism as well.  Please click on this link to learn more about European Royalty and Spiritualism. 


Suffragette/Feminist Susan B. Anthony was a Spiritualist. .  Susan B. Anthony, Victoria Woodhull and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were inextricably intertwined, working in the suffragette and antislavery movements .  They were the pioneers of what we consider the Feminist movement of today.  In many cases, they were only allowed to speak at Spiritualist venues.


American millionare and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt had a close association with Victoria Woodhull http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9536447 and http://www.lib.siu.edu/departments/speccoll/inventories/015 , feminist, Spiritualist, and first woman to run for President in the U.S. I would consider both to be Spiritualists. Vanderbilt helped finance Victoria Woodhull?s New York City Brokerage firm.  Here are a few other links on Cornelius Vanderbilt:




Here?s a link to an extremely interesting archived article from the New York Times from 1887 regarding the trial of Victoria Woodhull : http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9E01E2DB153EE73BBC4D51DFBF668383669FDE.


Spiritualism can be proud of the accomplishments of its pioneers and trail blazers.


Please note that this Page was originally published by me in its original format in the old Google Groups’ format that contained Pages in the Spiritualist Connections Group. This has been posted here in a effort to preserve the information with the links. This information has been editted as well and the formatting isn’t quite the same as the original. Not all links may be current or working as website owners may have moved or deleted their websites. An internet search using an organization’s or person’s name may provide a current website.

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