Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, had an outsized influence on American religion and politics of the 19th century, but this tidbit from Wikipedia about his activity as an abolitionist is fascinating,

During the pre-Civil-War conflict in the Kansas Territory, known as “Bloody Kansas”, Beecher raised funds to send Sharps rifles to abolitionist forces, stating that the weapons would do more good than “a hundred Bibles”. The press subsequently nicknamed the weapons “Beecher’s Bibles”. Beecher became widely hated in the American South for his abolitionist actions and received numerous death threats.