A commentator yesterday questioned the assertion that the Universalists shared in the power elite of their day. While we tend to think of the Unitarians as having been especially elite (and they often were), there is a stereotype that the Universalists were therefore poor country bumpkins. There was indeed plenty of Universalist activity among the poorer and more rural sectors of early America (much more than the Unitarians), but this should not be taken as an indication that the Universalists as a whole were from a disenfranchised class. In fact, Universalism commanded the allegiance of some of the most fabulously wealthy members of 19th century society, such as P.T. Barnum and George Pullman, and was substantially represented in urban areas.