William Carpenter (Common Sense)

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William Carpenter
Alias(es) Common Sense
Born 25 February 1830(1830-02-25)
Greenwich, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Died 1 September 1896 (66) [1]
Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation(s) Printer, stenographer
Nationality British; American (from 1879)
Noted work(s) "One Hundred Proofs the Earth is Not a Globe" (1885)

William Carpenter (February 25, 1830 - September 1, 1896) was an English-born printer and stenographer, as well as author and publisher of various tracts and texts in support of Spiritualism and Samuel Rowbotham's Zetetic Flat Earth theories, both under his own name and under the pseudonym Common Sense.

Selected Bibliography

as Common Sense

as William Carpenter

Carpenter also briefly published two magazines in the United States: "Carpenter's Folly" (1887); and "Shorthand" (1893-1894).


  1. "Obituaries, American", Appleton's Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1896, 3, 1, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1897, p. 549,;view=1up;seq=575, retrieved 2017-02-10, "Carpenter, William, author, born in England in 1830; died in Baltimore, Md., Sept, 1, 1896. He learned the printer's trade, and worked for several publishers in London. He removed to Baltimore in 1879, and was afterward engaged in teaching stenography[...] His theory, in brief, was that the earth is not a globe, but has a flat (circular!) form, revolving on a central axis with the sun stationary over the center. The equator was the center of the earth's surface, and the polar regions the outer edge. He attempted to defend his theory both on scientific and religious grounds."