Andrew Jackson Davis

Andrew Jackson Davis

Andrew Jackson Davis (11 August 1826January 13, 1910), American Spiritualist, was born at Blooming Grove, New York.

He had little education, though probably much more than he and his friends pretended. In 1843 he heard lectures in Poughkeepsie on animal magnetism, as the phenomena of hypnotism was then termed, and found that he had remarkable clairvoyant powers; and in the following year he had, he said, spiritual messages telling him of his life work.

For the next three years (1844-1847) he practised magnetic healing with much success; and in 1847 he published "The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations, and a Voice to Mankind", which in 1845 he had dictated while in a trance to his scribe, William Fishbough. He lectured with little success and returned to writing (or dictating ) books, publishing about thirty in all including:
* "The Great Harmonia" (1850-1861), an encyclopaedia in six volumes
* "The Philosophy of Special Providences" (1850), which with its evident rehash of old arguments against special providences and miracles would seem to show that Davis' inspiration was literary
* "The Magic Staff: an Autobiography" (1857), which was supplemented by "Arabula: or the Divine Guest, Containing a New Collection of New Gospels" (1867), the gospels being those according to St Confucius, St John (G.Whittier),St Gabriel (Derzhavin),St Octavius (Frothingham), St Gerrit (Smith), St Emma (Hardinge), St Ralph (W. Emerson), St Selden (J. Finney), St Theodore (Parker), &c.
* "A Stellar Key to the Summer Land" (1868)
* "Tale of a Physician, or, The Seeds and Fruits of Crime" (1869) Internet Archive [ online edition] (pdf format, 22 MB, entire book on one pdf)
* "Views of Our Heavenly Home" (1878), each with illustrative diagrams. " The Fountain with Jets of New Meanings" (1870) Illustrated published by McCrea & Miller.

Davis was much influenced by Swedenborg and by the Shakers, who reprinted his panegyric of Ann Lee in an official "Sketch of Shakers and Shakerism" (1884).

Davis in turn directly influenced self-proclaimed psychic Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) who adopted "trance diagnosis" and similar activities with few modifications from Davis's example. In fact, Davis's complete library is now housed within the [ Edgar Cayce Library] .


* [ "Andrew Jackson Davis and His Wives"]


*James Lowell Moore: "Introduction to the writings of Andrew Jackson Davis". Reprint of the ed. Boston: Christopher, 1930 (1930). Whitefish: Kessinger 2003. ISBN 0-7661-3922-0
*John DeSalvo: "Andrew Jackson Davis: The first American prophet and clairvoyant (1826-1910)"., 2005.
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