Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

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Olcott, Henry Steel

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Author(s): Gomes, Michael
Olcott, Henry Steel, * 2 Aug 1832 (Orange, New Jersey), † 17 Feb 1907 (Adyar (India)) President-Founder of the → Theosophical Society, which he helped inaugurate in 1875 and of which he remained President until his death. After distinguishing himself in the field of agricultural reform early in life, Olcott became an assistant editor on the New York Tribune in those areas. At the outset of the Civil War he enlisted, eventually becoming an investigator for the War Department. By the time of the founding of the Theosophical Society he was a well-connecte…