Dow Family Genealogy Forum
I also had a g-grandfather named after Lorenzo Dow, and found the following in my research...
"...Lorenzo Dow, the great Methodist missionary who in the early part of the present century traveled through the wilds of America as well as through Europe."
From "The History of Randolph Co. WV" by Hu Maxwell, 1898
"Lorenzo Dow, the noted Methodist Missionary, visited Beverly (WV) in his annual pilgrimages through the frontier settlements of America.... He would lay his hat, coat and watch on a log and would preach about two hours. He was a man of unusual magnetic presence and power. It was not unusual for many of his congregation to become affected with the "jerks" in which the individual would undergo strange and peculiar contortions. These manisfestations were variously interpreted. Some believed that these extraordinary expressions of emotion were the wresting of the spirit of the Evil One with the soul of the convicted sinner. Dow refers to these mental states in his writings and evidently they were as much a mystery to hm as to any one else. Today psychologists would readily attribute them to the power of suggestion. These phenomena heralded his reputation and magnified his power and influence. He visited Europe in 1799 and in 1805. His dress and manner was that of the frontierman and he attracted great crowds to see and hear him. His Polemical works were published in 1814, and the history of a Cosmopolite and a short account of a Long Travel in 1823. He was born in Connecticutt in 1777, and died February 2, 1834." From "A History of Randolph County" by Dr. A. S. Bosworth, 1916