Quimby, Phineas P(arkhurst) (1802–1866)
An early influential exponent of Mind Cure, later known as
New Thought. Born February 16, 1802 in Lebanon, New
Hampshire, he became a clockmaker before becoming interested
in Mesmerism in 1838. He had great success in treating patients
but eventually developed his own system based on mental
influence. He practiced in Portland, Maine, from 1859 on,
treating some 12,000 individuals during seven years.
Several of Quimby students, such as Warren Felt Evans
(1817–1899), went on to pursue careers that built on Quimby’s
insights. Another student, Marry Baker Eddy (1821–1910),
dropped Quimby’s approach and developed her own system of
spiritual healing which she termed Christian Science. One of
Eddy’s students, Emma Curtis Hopkins (1849–1925), brought
a number of Eddy’s former students together and created the
New Thought Movement.
Quimby died January 16, 1866.
Sources
Quimby, Phineas P. The Complete Writings. Edited by Ervin
Seale. 3 vols. Marina del Rey, Calif. DeVorss & Co., 1987.
———. The Quimby Manuscripts. Edited by Horatio Dresser.
New York Thomas Y. Crowell, 1919. Reprint, New York Julian
Press. 1961.

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