Sunday, December 28, 2014

Thomas Hooker

Center Church in downtown Hartford has five stained glass windows made by Louis Comfort Tiffany.


A century ago, a comprehensive survey of Tiffany windows found that there were Tiffany windows in 75 Connecticut churches.  Since then, some of the churches have been demolished and some windows have been moved.  Still, Connecticut has many remaining Tiffany windows.

The Center Church Tiffany windows were made and installed from 1894 to 1903.

Thomas Hooker is the founder of Hartford.  He was a prominent clergyman in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Hooker disagreed with the practice in Massachusetts of limiting voting to "freemen," men who were officially admitted to the church after extensive interviews about their religious views.

So, in 1636 Hooker led a band of 100 followers out of Massachusetts to the banks of what we now call the Connecticut River.  This community adopted much broader voting rights.

14 comments:

Lowell said...

I remember Tom. Well, I remember reading about him. It is fitting that he gets a beautiful stained-glass window like this!

EG CameraGirl said...

Hooker deserves to be remembered, a man ahead of his time!

VP said...

A great man, well represented here!

RedPat said...

It's a beautifully done window, Jack!

Sylvia K said...

I do agree with EG, Hooker does indeed deserve to be remembered! We need as many people as possible who are ahead to their times! Beautiful window and a terrific capture as always.

Halcyon said...

He doesn't look very friendly...

Malyss said...

I like those Windows , their special light ,and the stories they tell.

Sharon Anck said...

That window is gorgeous.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

That's a fine memorial to the man. Hooker graduated from Emmanuel College Cambridge, which had a tradition of educating forward-thinking Protestant preachers. Several of them, including John Harvard, emigrated to New England and were influential in its early days.

William Kendall said...

That stained glass is magnificent!

Michelle said...

A gorgeous window.

Randy said...

Amazing window.

Kay said...

Interesting history and beautiful window. I wonder what causes Hooker might support in this day and age.

cieldequimper said...

Super interesting post. And beautiful Tiffany.