Portrait of Dr. Cyrus Reed Teed in his Civil War uniform.

Portrait of Dr. Cyrus Reed Teed in his Civil War uniform.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/255246
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  • Portrait of Dr. Cyrus Reed Teed in his Civil War uniform.

Image Number

  • KOR0243


  • 1862 or 1863

Series Title

    Biography Note

  • Born Oct. 18, 1839 in Teedsville, N.Y., studied medicine, with his uncle 1859-; enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 3, 1862 on Staten Island, New York City. On October 15, 1863, Teed was honorably discharged from the Army. He had his 'illumination' in 1869 - believed the sun at the center of a macrocosmic cell and revolves once in 24 hrs (The earth is practically stationary, a concave sphere with all life on its inner surface). Moved from N.Y. to Chicago with his followers and established a communal life 1886. Took the name 'Koresh,' the Hebrew translation for Cyrus, meaning shepherd. His following grew to about 200 members. Began relocating to Estero, Florida in 1894. Died Dec. 22, 1908.


Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 4 x 3 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Subject Corporate

Shelf Number

  • Location: 3M3301.

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