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From Pithole to Paradise: How the Wickedest Man in the World Found God John L. Young

From Pithole to Paradise: How the Wickedest Man in the World Found God

John L. Young

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ISBN : 9780967463339
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277 pages
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From Pithole to Paradise is the true story of Pennsylvania oilfields raconteur Ben Hogan (1841-1916), who, because of his proclivity for establishing brothels from one early boomtown to the next--including a floating brothel on the AlleghenyMoreFrom Pithole to Paradise is the true story of Pennsylvania oilfields raconteur Ben Hogan (1841-1916), who, because of his proclivity for establishing brothels from one early boomtown to the next--including a floating brothel on the Allegheny River--became known as the wickedest man in the world. He was also a bare-knuckle boxer,who fought for the world championship, a spy and bounty-jumper in the Civil War, a pirate, a riverboat gambler, and one of the strongest men in the world, with a travelling circus act to prove it to one and all.His life became a series of boom-to-bust businesses, filled with loose women, violence, and murders until one afternoon in New York City he heard a Temperance speaker who so affected him that he had an instantaneous spiritual conversion and within days he became an evangelist and returned to the very oilfields where he had labored in lust to carry his message of salvation. Along the way he met famed 19th century evangelist Dwight L. Moody, who took him under his wing and set him to work in the slums of Chicago, where he spent the remainder of his life in service to mankind. Purchase or read the first three pages at http://windyknollbooks.com/index.html.