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|1847. 22 Feb
||Birth of Thornton Chase, designated the first American Bahá'í, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
||Springfield; Massachusetts; United States
||Thornton Chase; Births and deaths
|1883. June 21
||The name Thornton Chase appeared in newspaper coverage of a poem printed in The Grand Army Magazine, June 1883, "Lo! the Ranks are Thinned and Thinning"
||Thornton Chase; Newspaper articles
||Thornton Chase in the newspapers|
|1894 5 Jun
||Thornton Chase became a Bahá'í in Chicago. [BBD53; BFA1:35–6]
For some time before he heard of the Bahá'í Faith, he had been a follower of the noble and mystical teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. [SEBW3]
He was designated by `Abdu'l-Bahá as the first American believer. [BBD53; GPB257]
See BFA1:35 for his own account of how he became a Bahá'í.
See BFA1:33–7 for other Americans who became Bahá'ís around the same time.
He was given the name Thábit (Steadfast) by `Abdu'l-Bahá. [BBD53; GPB257]
He had been invited to join the Hearst pilgrimage in 1898 but was unable to go to the Holy Land until 1907. [AY61]
||Chicago; United States
||Thornton Chase; First Bahais by country or area; Names and titles; Emanuel Swedenborg
||Thornton Chase in the newspapers (series of mentions especially 1893-7)|
|1899 (In the year)
||The Serpent by Thornton Chase, an 18-page pamphlet on the image of the serpent in the Bible, was published in Chicago. This was probably the first published essay written by an American Bahá'í. [BFA2:26]
||Chicago; United States
||Thornton Chase; First publications; Publications
|1912 30 Sep
||Thornton Chase, the first American Bahá'í, Disciple of `Abdu'l-Bahá, passed away in California before 'Abdu'l-Bahá'í and His retinue arrive. He was buried at Inglewood. He had been named Thábit (Steadfast) by the Master. [BBD71; BFA2:XVII]
Upon visiting his grave 'Abdu'l-Bahá is reported to have said "This personage is worthy
of having the friends visit his grave. The
traces of this personage will ever shine. This
is a personage who will not be forgotten. For
the present his worth is not known but in
the future it will be inestimably dear. His
sun will ever be shining, his stars will forever
bestow the light. The people will honor this
grave. Therefore, the friends of God must
visit this grave and on my behalf bring flowers
and seek the sublimity of the spiritual station
for him and have the utmost consideration for
the members of his family. This personage
will not be forgotten." [SoW Vol 3 No 13 4 November, 1912 p14]
See SoW Vol 3 No 12 16 October, 1912 p1-7 for a tribute to him upon his passing.
For a brief biography see Bahá'í Chronicles.
See as well Bahá’í Encyclopedia.
See "Disciples of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá" . [BW3p84–85; BW4p118–119]
See the article Chase, Thornton: The First Bahá'í from the Western Hemisphere by Richard Francis.
For a biography see Thornton Chase: First American Bahá'í by Robert H Stockman, Bahá'í Publishing Trust, Wilmette, 2002.
And a draft of a portion of the Stockman book, Love's Odyssey: The Life of Thornton Chase.
Upon hearing of his passing 'Abdu'l-Bahá is reported to have said, "This revered personage was the first Bahá'í in America. He served the Cause faithfully and his services will ever be remembered throughout ages and cycles." [SoW Vol 4 No 11 p.189]
Photos of the grave of Thornton Chase in Inglewood Park Cemetery.
Directions to his grave.
- A number of pamphlets, See Bibliography of English-Language Works on the Bábí and Bahá’í Faiths, 1844–1985 by William Collins, George Ronald, Oxford, 1990 page 66-67.
- In Galilee and In Spirit and In Truth, first published in 1908. This was a record of his pilgrimage. [BEL7.634]
- The Bahai Revelation, first published in 1909. This book was an introduction to the Faith intended for a Christian audience. [BEL7.629]
|Los Angeles; California; United States
||Abdul-Baha, Travels of; Abdul-Baha, Second Western tour; Thornton Chase; Disciples of Abdul-Baha; Births and deaths; In Memoriam; Cemeteries and graves
|1912 19 Oct
||`Abdu'l-Bahá visited the grave of Thornton Chase in Inglewood. [239D:169; AB309]
The purpose of His journey to Los Angeles is to visit the grave of Thornton Chase. [AB309]
"This is a personage who will not be forgotten. For the present his worth is not known, but in the future it will be inestimably dear. His sun will be
ever shining, his star will ever bestow the light."
'Abdu'l-Bahá is reported to have said:
"As many times as possible-at least once a year-you should make it a point to visit his tomb, for his spirit will be exhilarated through the loyalty of the friends, and in the world of God will it be happy. The friends of God must be kind to one another, whether it be in life or after death." [SoW Vol 4 No 13 p225]
|Inglewood; United States
||Abdul-Baha, Travels of; Abdul-Baha, Second Western tour; Thornton Chase; Cemeteries and graves
|1946 11 Aug
||The passing of Orcella Rexford (b. Louise Cutts-Powell, 12 Jun 1887 in Tracey, Minnesota) in Los Angeles. She was buried near the grave of Thornton Chase in the Inglewood Park Cemetery. [BW11p495-498; Find a grave]
Orcella first heard of the Bahá'í Faith from Mrs. Myrta Sandoz of Cleveland, Ohio, and was later confirmed by Dr. Edward Getsinger in Boston, Mass. She became a believer in 1918-1919. [BW11p495]
For a brief biography see Bahá'í Chronicles.
For a more extensive biography see Bahaipedia.
See her article, Alaska, Our New Frontier. [BW9p918-922]
||Los Angeles; United States
||Orcella Rexford; Births and deaths; In Memoriam; Cemeteries and graves; Thornton Chase
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- Chase, Thornton, by Moojan Momen, in Encyclopaedia Iranica, Volume 5 (1992). Very brief article, short enough to qualify as "fair use." [about]
- Chase, Thornton, by Robert Stockman (1995). [about]
- Chase, Thornton: The First Bahá'í from the Western Hemisphere, by Richard Francis (1998). Biography of the life of Thornton Chase, a prominent early American Baha'i. [about]
- Chase, Thornton, by Robert Stockman, in The Bahá'í Encyclopedia (2009). On the first person in the West to become a steadfast Bahá’í, one of the founders of the Chicago Bahá’í community, included by Shoghi Effendi among a number of prominent early Bahá’ís he designated "Disciples of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá." [about]
- Dawn over Mount Hira and Other Essays, by Marzieh Gail (1976). A collection of essays on various topics of interest to Baha'i studies and history. Most of these were first published in Star of the West and World Order between 1929 and 1971. [about]
- Greenleafs, The: An Eternal Reunion, by Emeric Sala, in Bahá'í News, 510 (1973). Brief bio of Elizabeth and Charles Greenleaf, who were members of the group of Midwest Baha'is which began with Thornton Chase in the 1890s in Chicago. [about]
- Love's Odyssey: The Life of Thornton Chase, by Robert Stockman (1999). [about]
- Notes on the Thornton Chase Papers, by Robert Stockman (1985). Unformatted notes, ordered chronologically, on early American Baha'i Thornton Chase. [about]