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  • Bv73c573n?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. 1881. On June 19, 1834, Charles Haddon Spurgeon was born at Kelvedon, Essex, England. At an early age he moved to Stambourne to live with his grandfather, a pastor. He was saved on December 15, 1850, and he was baptized on May 3, 1851. The next year he assumed the pastorate of the church at Waterbeach. In 1853 he was invited to supply the pulpit at the church in Southwark, London. By April 28 of the next year, that church called him as its pastor. The church at Southwark experienced such growth that the Metropolitan Tabernacle was built between 1859 and 1861. Due to illness, Spurgeon’s brother, James Archer, was appointed to be co-pastor. C. H. Spurgeon has been published extensively, most notably in the form of sermons. He was also a philanthropist, creating orphanages for boys and girls and starting the Pastors’ College. He died on January 31, 1892. JPG file (330 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Robert B. Semple. 1881. Robert B. Semple was born at Rose Mount, Virginia, on January 20, 1769. While he was an infant, his father died. Following his conversion he was baptized in 1789. The next year he was ordained the first pastor of the Bruington church, where he remained until his death. In 1793 he married Ann Loury. Semple was an advocate for missions and education. He was invited to be president of Transylvania University in 1805, but declined the offer. Semple published a Catechism for the use of children in 1809 and his History of Virginia Baptists in1810. He died on December 25, 1831. JPG file (332 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Baron Stow. 1881. Baron Stow was born in Croydon, New Hampshire on June 16, 1801. After graduating from the academy in Newport, New Hampshire, he went on to Columbian College, Washington, D.C., in 1822. He was called to pastor the Baptist church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and was ordained there on October 24, 1827. In 1832 he became pastor of the Baldwin Place Church in Boston, where he remained until 1848. After a brief period of relaxation, Stow accepted the pastorate of the Rowe Street Church, from which he later resigned in 1867. He died on December 27, 1869. JPG file (314 KB)
  • 1831cq98n?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of John Milton. 1881. On December 9, 1608, John Milton was born in London, England. He studied at the University of Cambridge for seven years. Milton is most famous for Paradise Lost, published in 1667. He outlined his religious beliefs in his Treatise on Christian Doctrine, which argued against infant baptism. He died on November 8, 1674. JPG file (396 KB)
  • Td96k8086?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of James Robinson Graves. 1881. J. R. Graves was born in Chester, Vermont on April 10, 1820. He was converted at age fifteen and became a member of the Baptist church of North Springfield, VT. At nineteen, he was elected principal of the Kingsville Academy; however, poor health drove him to Kentucky two years later. He ran the Clear Creek Academy in Jessamine County. He was licensed to preach without his knowledge and ordained against his will. In 1845, Graves moved to Nashville and started a school. That fall he became pastor of the Second Baptist Church. The next year he was elected editor of the Tennessee Baptist. Graves wrote many works, but felt his greatest was The Work of Christ in Seven Dispensations. He started the first Ministers’ Institute, Mary Sharpe College, the Southwestern Publishing House, the Southern Baptist Publication Society, and the Southern Baptist Sunday School Union. He is generally acknowledged as the head of “Old Landmarkism.” Graves died on June 26, 1893. JPG file (347 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of John Gano. 1881. John Gano was born in Hopewell, New Jersey on July 22, 1727. His father was Presbyterian, but Gano joined the Baptists as a result of his beliefs on baptism. He was ordained on May 29, 1754 and served for two years as the pastor of the Scotch Plains church. In 1762, Gano became the founding pastor of the First Baptist Church of New York. During the Revolutionary War he served as an army chaplain, receiving great recognition for his bravery. Washington is reported to have said: "Baptist chaplains were the most prominent and useful in the army." He returned to New York after the war and revived the church there. In 1788, Gano moved to Kentucky and served as pastor of the Town Fork church. He died in 1804. JPG file (514 KB)
  • Pn89dc72n?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Benjamin Griffith. 1881. On October 13, 1821, Benjamin Griffith was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania. He was converted in Baltimore, Maryland, and was baptized in 1839. He graduated from Madison University, New York, in 1846. Griffith received his Doctor of Divinity degree from the university at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He was ordained in 1846, and worked as a missionary in Cumberland, Maryland. In 1850 he became pastor at the New Market Street Church in Philadelphia. He married Elizabeth Crozer in 1854. Griffith became the corresponding secretary of the American Baptist Publication Society in 1858. He also edited the Young Reaper for a time. JPG file (319 KB)
  • 1n79h984s?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Joseph Ivimey. 1881. On May 22, 1773, Joseph Ivimey was born in Ringwood, Hampshire, England. He was baptized on September 16, 1790. Ivimey was ordained pastor of the Eagle Street church in Red Lion Square, London, on January 16, 1805. He is most known for two of his written works: a biography of John Bunyan and a four-volume work entitled A History of English Baptists. Ivimey died on February 8, 1834. JPG file (357 KB)
  • Cz30q001h?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of R.E.B. Baylor. 1881. On May 10, 1791 R.E.B. Baylor was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky. He moved to Alabama where he practiced law in Cahaba and Tuscaloosa. Baylor served two terms in the United States Congress from the Tuscaloosa district. In 1839 he was converted in Talladega County and received his license to preach. He moved to Texas where he served in the Texan Congress and was a Circuit Court judge for twenty-five years. He served on the Supreme Court for a brief period. Baylor served as a judge by day and preached at night. He held the position of moderator of the Union Association and president of the State Convention. With William M. Tryon, he wrote the charter for Baylor University, which bears his name. Baylor died December 30 of 1873. JPG file (408 KB)
  • P8418t624?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Thomas Armitage. 1881. Thomas Armitage was born in 1819 in Yorkshire, England. He converted into the English Methodist Church and preached his first sermon at the age of sixteen. In 1838 he immigrated to New York where he worked with the M.E. Church. He was baptized into the fellowship of a Baptist church and became pastor of the Norfolk Street Church. In 1853 he was made a Doctor of Divinity by Georgetown College in Kentucky. He was involved in the formation of the Bible Union, of which he became president in 1856. He died in 1896. JPG file (376 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Photograph of Norman Wade Cox. 1923. On October 28, 1888, Norman Wade Cox was born in Climax, Georgia. He was converted in 1902 and ordained on October 28, 1910. While attending Mercer University, from which he graduated in 1914, Cox pastored several area churches. After graduating, he attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored numerous churches during his time there. In 1918 he became pastor of the Baptist church at Barnesville, Georgia. At this time he also became a member of the State Mission Board of the Georgia Baptist Convention. After two years he became pastor of the Court Street Baptist Church. In 1922 he was called to First Baptist Church of Savannah. He died on February 9, 1968. JPG file (191 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Photograph of William David Powell. 1923. William David Powell was born in Madison, Mississippi on July 1, 1854. He graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1874, and married Mary Florence Maberry in 1875. He worked with the Sunday School Convention in Texas, traveling around Texas establishing Sunday Schools from 1877-1882. He and his wife were Southern Baptist missionaries in Mexico 1882-1898. Powell died in 1934. (bio taken from page 989 of: Who Was Who in America: Volume I 1897-1942. Chicago, IL: A.N. Marquis Company, 1943) JPG file (260 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of George T. Day. 1881. George T. Day was born in 1822. He was actively involved in the General Conference of Freewill Baptists. Writer of Baptist publications and editor of the "Star." Within the General Conference, he served as president of the Anti-Slavery Society in 1862 and president of the Education Society from 1870-1874. He died in 1875. JPG file (512 KB)
  • Vd66w5361?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Ebenezer Knowlton. 1881. Ebenezer Knowlton was a Congressman from Maine, an anti-slavery champion. He was actively involved with the General Conference of Freewill Baptists, presiding over three sessions. Knowlton died in South Monville, Maine, September 10, 1874, aged 58 years. JPG file (757 KB)
  • M326m7062?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Jeremiah Phillips. 1881. Jeremiah Phillips was born in 1812. He was actively involved in the General Conference of Freewill Baptists, and was also a foreign missionary to India from 1835-1841. He died in Hillsdale, Michigan, on December 9, 1879, aged 67 years. JPG file (560 KB)
  • Zw12zb329?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Elias Hutchins. 1881. Elias Hutchins was born in 1801. He was actively involved in the General Conference of Freewill Baptists. Hutchins died in Dover, New Hampshire, September 11, 1859, aged 58 years. JPG file (648 KB)
  • Qr46r610r?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Photograph of John Richard Sampey. 1917. John Richard Sampey was born on September 27, 1863, at Fort Deposit, Alabama. Three months after his birth, his family moved to Ramer. He entered Howard College at 16 and graduated at 18. Sampey was the youngest to ever graduate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at 21 years old. Following his graduation in 1885, Sampey received the dual honors of ordination at the Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church and selection to be instructor in Hebrew, Greek, and Homiletics. Two years later he was made assistant professor. About this time he also received an honorary D.D. from Washington and Lee University. In 1892 Sampey was selected to succeed Basil Manly as Professor of Old Testament Interpretation. He later succeeded Dr. Broadus as the chairman of the Old Testament Lessons subcommittee of the International Lesson Committee. He died on August 18, 1946. JPG file (138 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Photograph of Archibald Thomas Robertson. 1917. On November 6, 1863, Archibald Thomas Robertson was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. In 1875 his father moved the family to Statesville, North Carolina. At the age of 13, Robertson was converted and felt the call to preach. He graduated from Wake Forest College in 1885 with a MA degree, and he graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1888. He was ordained the year he graduated. Also, Robertson was elected to be Assistant Instructor of New Testament Interpretation. In 1892 he became Professor of Biblical Introduction, and in 1895 he succeeded John A. Broadus as Professor of the Interpretation of the New Testament. He published a multitude of works, perhaps the most significant being his Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research, published in 1914. Robertson died September 24, 1934. JPG file (159 KB)
  • P5547x792?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Photograph of Joseph Martin Dawson. 1917. Joseph Martin Dawson was born in Ellis County, Texas, on June 21, 1879. He received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. In 1900 he was ordained in the First Baptist Church of Waco, and soon began serving as pastor of churches. He founded and edited the Southwestern Theological Review, which later merged into the Review and Expositor. In 1905 he became pastor of the Baptist church in Lampasas. Dawson also served as editor of the Baptist Standard for a year beginning in 1907. After serving as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Hillsboro starting in 1908 and the First Baptist Church in Temple starting in 1912, Dawson settled into the pastorate of the First Baptist Church in Waco, where he had received his ordination some time earlier. JPG file (157 KB)
  • Sj1397372?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of William Jonathan Northen. 1908. Born in Jones County, Georgia, on July 9, 1835. Graduate of Mercer University. An educator and teacher. He served as Governor of Georgia for two terms, from 1890-1894. In 1895 he was elected president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and from 1899-1901, held the office of president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He died March 25, 1913. JPG file (616 KB)
  • 37720k01c?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Jesse Mercer. 1881. Jesse Mercer was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, on December 16, 1769. His father moved the family to Georgia in 1775. During the Revolutionary War, the family fled back to North Carolina, but returned to Georgia upon its completion. Mercer was converted at the age of 15 and baptized at 18. He was ordained on November 7, 1789. Over the next fifty years or so, Mercer pastored several churches. In 1815 he influenced the formation of the Powelton Baptist Society for Foreign Missions. He was appointed in 1816 to be a member of the General Missionary Convent of the Baptist denomination, of which he was later president. He served as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention for 18 years and presiding officer of the Georgia Association for over 20 years. He owned and edited the Christian Index for seven years and donated over $40,000 to Mercer University. Jesse Mercer died on September 6, 1841. JPG file (310 KB)
  • Wp988r32h?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Edwin Theodore Winkler. 1881. On November 13, 1823, Edwin Theodore Winkler was born in Savannah, Georgia. After preparing at the local academy, he attended Brown University, from which he graduated in 1843. After graduation, he attended Newton Theological Seminary. In 1845 Winkler served as assistant editor of the Christian Index. After a year he became pastor of the church in Albany, Georgia. In 1852 Winkler began serving as the corresponding secretary of the Southern Baptist Publication Society. After two years he felt called to the First Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He served as a chaplain in the Confederate Army, after which he returned to his church in Charleston. In 1872 he became pastor in the city of Marion, Alabama. After two years he was invited to become the editor-in-chief of the newly formed Alabama Baptist. Winkler died on November 10, 1883. JPG file (344 KB)
  • Ks65hj24z?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Andrew Broaddus. 1855. On November 4, 1770, Andrew Broaddus was born in Carolina County, Virginia. He was converted at the age of 18 and baptized into the local Baptist church on May 28, 1789. He was ordained on October 16, 1791. During his life Broaddus pastored several churches throughout Virginia. He also wrote many works, beginning his literary career at 25. He died on December 1, 1848. (page 138 of: The Baptist Encyclopaedia A Dictionary of the Doctrines, Ordinances, Usages, Confessions of Faith, Sufferings, Labors, and Successes, and of the General History of the Baptist Denomination in all Lands. With Numerous Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American and Foreign Baptists, and a Supplement. Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881) JPG file (324 KB)
  • 4j03d4686?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Photograph of Levi K. Fuller. 1913. He was born in Westmoreland, New Hampshire on February 24, 1841. A self-taught inventor and engineer, he held about 50 patents on inventions, most of which were appliances for organs. Served as Governor of Vermont 1892-1894. An active participant in the Vermont Baptist State Convention. On the Board of Trustees of Shaw University. Died in Brattleboro, Vermont on October 10, 1896 (bio taken from page 263 of: Who Was Who in America: Historical Volume 1607-1896, rev. ed. 1967.Chicago, IL: A.N. Marquis Company, 1967. JPG file (691 KB)
  • Xg94hv89j?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Isaac Backus. 1881. Isaac Backus was born on January 19, 1724 in Norwich, Connecticut. His conversion came in 1741 during the Great Awakening. He was ordained in a Separate church in Middleborough in 1748 where he served as pastor. He also served as an evangelist. In 1749 he married Susannah Mason of Rehoboth. Eventually Rev. Backus came to believe in baptism through a profession of faith. After his baptism by Elder Pierce of Rhode Island he was no longer accepted by his church. In 1756 he became pastor of a new Baptist church in Middleborough. He was a trustee of Brown University for 34 years beginning in 1765. Rev. Backus worked to further the civil rights of Baptists in Massachusetts. Beginning in 1774, he worked as the chosen agent of the Baptist churches of the Warren Association. He died on November 20, 1806. JPG file (365 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of David Benedict. 1881. David Benedict was born on October 10, 1779 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was converted at the age of twenty. In 1806 he graduated from Brown University and later served on their Board of Trustees. Benedict pastored the Baptist church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island for twenty-five years. For many years he gathered historical information on Baptists. He published several works including: History of the Baptists, Abridgement of Robinson's History of Baptism, Abridgement of History of the Baptists, History of all Religions, and Fifty Years Among the Baptists. He died December 5, 1874 at Pawtucket, Rhode Island. JPG file (367 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of George Ripley Bliss. 1881. George Ripley Bliss was born in Sherburne, New York, on June 20, 1816. In 1838 he graduated from Madison University; two years later he graduated from Hamilton Theological Seminary. Bliss pastored the Baptist church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1849 he became the Greek professor at the University at Lewisburg. During this time he received the degree of D.D. from Madison University. In 1874 he became the chair of Biblical Exegesis at Crozer Theological Seminary. Four years later, he received the degree of LL.D. from the University at Lewisburg. Died 1893. JPG file (335 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of Thomas Baldwin. 1881. On December 23, 1753, Thomas Baldwin was born in Bozrah, Connecticut. In 1780 he was converted and became a Baptist. He eventually became pastor of the Baptist church in Canaan, New Hampshire. After serving seven years in this capacity he became pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Boston. Baldwin became editor of the Massachusetts Baptist Magazine in 1803. Among his published works defending Baptists was A Series of Letters published in 1810. He died in August of 1826. JPG file (373 KB)
  • Cn69m966m?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Drawing of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. 1920. On June 19, 1834, Charles Haddon Spurgeon was born at Kelvedon, Essex, England. At an early age he moved to Stambourne to live with his grandfather, a pastor. He was saved on December 15, 1850, and he was baptized on May 3, 1851. The next year he assumed the pastorate of the church at Waterbeach. In 1853 he was invited to supply the pulpit at the church in Southwark, London. By April 28 of the next year, that church called him as its pastor. The church at Southwark experienced such growth that the Metropolitan Tabernacle was built between 1859 and 1861. Due to illness, Spurgeon’s brother, James Archer, was appointed to be co-pastor. C. H. Spurgeon has been published extensively, most notably in the form of sermons. He was also a philanthropist, creating orphanages for boys and girls and starting the Pastors’ College. He died January 31, 1892. (page 1093 of: The Baptist Encyclopaedia A Dictionary of the Doctrines, Ordinances, Usages, Confessions of Faith, Sufferings, Labors, and Successes, and of the General History of the Baptist Denomination in all Lands. With Numerous Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American and Foreign Baptists, and a Supplement. Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881) JPG file (458 KB)
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    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Photograph of Lee Rutland Scarborough. 1923. Lee Rutland Scarborough was born on July 4, 1870, in Colfax, Louisiana. During his early childhood his family moved to Texas. At 22 he received his A.B. from Baylor University. After graduation he taught at Baylor for one year, before teaching in public schools for two years. In 1895 he spent a year studying law at Yale, during which time he decided to preach. The next year he was ordained pastor of the church at Cameron, Texas. In 1901 he became pastor at Abilene, Texas, where he remained for 7 years. Scarborough accepted the chair of Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1908. In this position he remained until 1914, when he was selected to be president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He died on April 10, 1945. (page 360 of BB v. 3) JPG file (742 KB)
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    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Photograph of James B. Gambrell. 1923. James B. Gambrell was born in Anderson, South Carolina, on August 21, 1841. He was ordained to Baptist ministry in 1867. Married Mary T. Gambrell. Editor of the Baptist Record for 15 years. President of Mercer University, Georgia for 3 years. Active in the American Baptist Education Society. Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He was president of the Southern Baptist Convention and a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary when he died June 10, 1921 in Texas. JPG file (309 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Photograph of Mary T. Gambrell. 1923. She was married to James B. Gambrell. She held the office Corresponding Secretary of the Woman's Missionary Union of the Baptist General Convention of Texas from 1897 to 1911. She died in January 1911. JPG file (320 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
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    Description: Lithograph of James Manning. 1881. James Manning was born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, on October 22, 1738. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1762 and married Margaret Sites a year later. He was entrusted by the Philadelphia Association to establish a college in Rhode Island. After obtaining the charter of the College of Rhode Island, Manning moved to Warren, where he started a grammar school. In 1764 a church was formed at Warren and they called Manning as its first pastor. The next year he became the first president of the College of Rhode Island (now Brown University), which opened in 1766. Manning was active in the Warren Association from its inception in 1767. In 1770 he resigned the pastorate of the Warren church; he accepted the pastorate of the First Baptist Church of Providence the next year. Manning retired from his pastorate in 1791 and died on July 29 of that year. JPG file (367 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    Contributing Institution: Mercer University Atlanta Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library
    Description: Lithograph of John Bodkin Link. 1881. On May 7, 1828, J. B. Link was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was converted in 1840 and baptized in 1841. In 1853 he graduated from Georgetown College, Kentucky. Two years later he graduated from Rochester Theological Seminary. Link pastored churches at Paris, Kentucky, and Liberty, Missouri. He also was an agent for William Jewell College for two years. During the Civil War, he served as a Confederate chaplain. After the war, the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention sent him to Texas as a missionary. He served as publisher and editor of the Texas Baptist Journal for many years. Link died on January 10, 1894. JPG file (330 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
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    Description: Lithograph of Basil Manly. 1881. On January 25, 1798, Basil Manly was born in Chatham County, North Carolina. He was baptized on August 26, 1816 and licensed to preach in 1818. Manly graduated from the College of South Carolina in 1821 and was ordained the following year. He served as pastor at Edgefield Court-House, South Carolina. In 1826 he became pastor of the First Baptist Church at Charleston. After ten years, Manly was elected president of the State University of Alabama. In 1855 he returned to Charleston to be pastor of the Wentworth Street church. Four years later, he was called back to Alabama as state evangelist. Manly died on December 21, 1868. JPG file (324 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
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    Description: Lithograph of William Burr. 1881. William Burr was born in 1806. He was actively involved in the General Conference of Freewill Baptists. He died in Dover, New Hampshire on November 5, 1866. JPG file (270 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
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    Description: Lithograph of Roger Williams. 1881. Roger Williams was born in England in 1599. He was baptized on July 24, 1600. When of age, Williams began attending Cambridge University. In 1627 he graduated from Pembroke College, after which he began studying law. Soon he changed the direction of his studies to theology, after which he was admitted to orders in the Established Church and probably charged with a parish. As he was opposed to the liturgy and hierarchy in the church, Williams left for the colonies. In 1631 he was received by the church at Salem as a minister; however, disregard for the magistrates forced his withdrawal to Plymouth. He returned to Salem in 1633. The next year Williams was ordained, after which he became a popular preacher with lay people. Conflict with the magistrates intensified, culminating in his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Leaving the colony, he started the “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” Along with those who followed him into exile, Williams was immersed in baptism in 1639, after which a church was started. In 1644 Williams received a charter in England for the Rhode Island colony; however, that colony would not be formerly established until after a second trip to England and ten years had passed. In 1654 Williams returned from securing his charter for the colony, and he set up permanent government structure. He was chosen as the colony’s first governor, a position he retired from in 1658. Roger Williams died in 1683, at the age of 84. JPG file (491 KB)
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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
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    Description: Lithograph of William Staughton. 1881. On January 4, 1770, William Staughton was born at Coventry, England. By the age of 12 he had already published a book of children’s poetry. He was baptized at the age of 17. In 1792 he graduated from Bristol College. The following year he came to America to pastor the church in Georgetown, South Carolina. After eighteen months, he moved to New Jersey. During a few short pastorates, he received the degree of D.D. from Princeton College. He was called to the First church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1805. In 1811 he became pastor of the Sansom Street Church. He remained there until he was invited to become president of Columbian College in 1823. After six years, he resigned from Columbian College to become president of Georgetown College, Kentucky. On the way to Kentucky Staughton became ill and died on December 12, 1829. JPG file (328 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Augustus Hopkins Strong. 1881. On August 3, 1836, Augustus H. Strong was born in Rochester, New York. He was converted and baptized in his junior year of college. After graduating from Yale College in 1857, he entered the Rochester Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1859. Following graduation Strong pursued studies at various German universities and traveled throughout Europe and the East. He was ordained pastor of the First Baptist Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1861. Four years later he became the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Ohio, during which he received an honorary D.D. from Brown University. In 1872 he left Ohio to become president of the Rochester Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology. He died on November 29, 1921. JPG file (309 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of William Vaughan. 1881. On February 22, 1785, William Vaughan was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. At the age of 3, his parents moved to Kentucky. In 1810 he was converted; the following year he was licensed to preach. In 1812 he was ordained and settled in Mason County, where he preached in several churches and taught school for fifteen years. He moved to Ohio in 1827, where he only stayed one year before returning to Kentucky. Vaughan was appointed as the general agent for the American Sunday-school Union in 1831, and then as the general agent for the American Bible Society in 1835. In 1836 he became pastor of the Bloomfield church, where he remained until 1868. Vaughan died on March 31, 1877. JPG file (347 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Monroe Elmon Dodd. 1923. Monroe Elmon Dodd was born in Brazil, Tennessee, on September 8, 1878. He was ordained in April 1902, while a student at Union University, from which he graduated in 1904. Later in life he would receive three D.D. degrees: from Clinton College in 1908, from Union University in 1909, and from Baylor University in 1918. In his last year at Union, Dodd was called to be pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fulton, Kentucky. He took leave from Fulton after a few months when he was called by the Foreign Mission Board to be a missionary to Mexico. After several months of prayer, he returned to the Fulton church. He founded The Baptist Message, which later merged into the Baptist and Reflector. In 1908 he accepted the pastorate of the First Baptist Church of Paducah, Kentucky. Three years later he was called to the Twenty-Second and Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville. In 1912 he accepted the call of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana. During WWI he worked among soldiers with the YMCA in Europe. He died on August 6, 1952. JPG file (143 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Bernard Washington Spilman. 1923. On January 22, 1871, Bernard Washington Spilman was born in Weldon, North Carolina. He was baptized in 1883, licensed to preach in 1887, and ordained in 1891. He graduated form Wake Forest College in 1891. After entering Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1892, he stayed only two years and did not graduate. In 1895 he accepted the pastorate at Kingston, North Carolina. After a year he became the Sunday School Secretary for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. In 1901 he became Field Secretary for the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Six years later he became the General Manager of the Southern Baptist Assembly. He became the Director of Religious Education for the Assembly in 1920. Spilman received the degree of Doctor of Divinity three times: from John B. Stetson University of Florida in 1911, from Baylor University of Texas in 1920, and from Wake Forest College in 1921. He also served as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina for six terms. He died May 20, 1950. JPG file (213 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of John Roach Straton. 1923. On April 6, 1875, John Roach Straton was born in Evansville, Indiana. He was converted in 1892. In 1898 he graduated from Mercer University. He was ordained in 1900, the same year he entered Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1903 Straton became Professor of Oratory and Interpretation of Literature at Mercer University. He served on the faculty of Baylor University from 1903-1905. At that time he became pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Chicago. After three years he accepted the pastorate of the Seventh Immanuel Church of Baltimore. In 1913 he resigned this position to accept the pastorate of the First Church of Norfolk, Virginia. This position he held until 1918, when he became pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of New York City. He died 1929. JPG file (187 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Hosea Quinby. 1881. Hosea Quinby was born in 1804. Actively involved in the General Conference of Freewill Baptists, Hosea Quinby was a pioneer educator of the denomination. He died in Acton, Maine, on October 11, 1878, aged 74 years. JPG file (451 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Adoniram Judson. 1881. On August 9, 1788, Adoniram Judson was born in Malden, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brown University in 1807 and later graduated from Andover Theological Institution. In 1810 he decided to be a foreign missionary. Along with his fellow students, Newell, Nott, Hall, and Rice, Judson was appointed missionary to India by the London Missionary Society. On the way to India, Judson’s views on baptism changed; therefore, he was properly immersed in believer’s baptism upon arrival in India in 1812. Due to hostility from the East India Company, he moved to Rangoon. After learning the Burmese language, Judson devoted himself to translating the scripture. His wife, Ann Hasseltine Judson, died in 1826. Judson finished his translation of scripture in 1834, the same year he married his second wife. After she became ill in 1845, the Judsons began the return trip to America. She died during the trip. After a short stay in America, Judson returned to India with a third wife. There he continued his work on a Burmese dictionary, which was left uncompleted due to his death on April 8, 1850. JPG file (319 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Jeremiah Bell Jeter. 1881. Jeremiah Bell Jeter was born in Bedford County, Virginia, on July 18, 1802. Immediately after his baptism in December of 1821, he began to preach. In 1823 Jeter helped organize the Baptist General Association of Virginia. On May 4, 1824, he was ordained to work at High Hills church in Sussex County. Jeter held various pastorships, beginning in 1826, until he became pastor of the First Baptist church in Richmond, Virginia, where he remained almost fourteen years. After a short time pastoring the Second Baptist church in St. Louis beginning in 1849, Jeter returned to Richmond in 1852 to pastor the Grace Street Baptist church. He also worked as senior editor and contributor to the Religious Herald. During his time in Richmond, Jeter authored many works. He died on February 18, 1880. JPG file (326 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of John Albert Broadus. 1881. On January 24, 1827, John Albert Broadus was born in Culpeper County, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1850, and became professor there the following year. He also was pastor of the Baptist church at Charlottesville. In 1855, he took two years off to be the university chaplain, after which he resumed his pastorship. Broadus was elected professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1859. He was a missionary in Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army in 1863. Until 1865, Broadus was the secretary of the Sunday School Board for the Southern Baptist Convention. He published many small works, and also Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, which became a textbook in Europe and America. Broadus died on March 16, 1895. JPG file (326 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Samuel Jones. 1881. On January 14, 1735, Samuel Jones was born in Glamorganshire, Wales. At the age of 2, his parents moved to America. He graduated from the College of Philadelphia in 1762. The next year he was ordained and became pastor of the Lower Dublin Baptist Church, where he remained until his death. Jones was very active in the Philadelphia Association, at various times serving as a writer, committeeman, and moderator. The Association also contracted him for several special projects: he was invited to assist in the founding of Rhode Island College and he was asked to develop a revised treatise of discipline for the Philadelphia Confession of Faith. Jones died on February 7, 1814. JPG file (360 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of John Benjamin Lawrence. 1917. On July 10, 1875, John Benjamin Lawrence was born in Rankin County, Mississippi. He was converted at the age of thirteen and ordained ten years later. While he was at Mississippi College he pastored many country churches. Lawrence received his BA degree in 1899, married Helen Alford in 1900, and received his MA degree in 1901. Following graduation he pastored the church at Greenwood before moving to Tennessee, where he pastored the Brownsville Church and the Humboldt Church. Then he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was a pastor, the Corresponding Secretary for the State Convention Board of Louisiana, and the editor of the Baptist Chronicle. In 1912 Lawrence moved back to Mississippi to pastor the First Church of Columbus. While there he was elected Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist State Convention Board of Mississippi. He died on September 5, 1968. JPG file (171 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of T. Bronson Ray. 1920. T. Bronson Ray was born on August 14, 1868, in Buckeye, Kentucky. In 1882 Ray converted and was baptized. He entered Georgetown College, Kentucky, in 1891. Two years later he was ordained and became pastor of Clear Creek Baptist Church in Kentucky. When Ray graduated from Georgetown College in 1895, he entered Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1898. After graduation, Ray accepted the pastorate of the Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee. He was very active in the Southern Baptist Convention and the Tennessee Baptist Convention. In 1906 Ray was elected as Educational Secretary of the Foreign Mission Board of Richmond, Virginia. He received a D.D. from Georgetown in1909. At the creation of the Judson Centennial Fund, Ray was entrusted to be the leader of the campaign. He died on January 15, 1934. JPG file (174 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Robert Lee Robinson. 1920. On July 20, 1874, Robert Lee Robinson was born in Hampton County, South Carolina. He was converted on October 17, 1893, and was baptized the next day. Robinson was educated in public schools, in which he taught for five years after graduating. He served in the army during the Spanish-American War. After working in the insurance business for five years, Robinson felt God’s call on his life and he entered Mercer University in 1907. He took classes at both Mercer University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, eventually graduating from Mercer in 1910. Soon after graduating he was ordained and entered the pastorate of the Conyers Baptist Church. While there he also pastored the Stone Mountain Church. In 1916 he began the pastorates at Woodville and Union Point. JPG file (187 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of John William Porter. 1920. John William Porter was born on August 8, 1863 in Fayette County, Tennessee. He was educated under private tutors to prepare him for the University of Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, Porter attended the Lebanon Law College in Tennessee. In 1889 he was converted and baptized. The next year he was ordained and began pastoring area churches. When Porter began attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he continued pastoring area churches. He was pastor of the church at Pewee Valley and LaGrange, Kentucky, from 1894-1898. In 1908 he became the pastor of the First Baptist Church at Lexington, Kentucky. He died on September 7, 1937. JPG file (166 KB)
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    Description: Composite Picture of Ezra Butler. 1913. During September 1763 Ezra Butler was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts. He managed a large farm in New Hampshire until he was 22, at which time he moved to Waterbury, Vermont, to start his own farm. At 27 he was converted. When a “wilderness” Baptist church was started in 1800, Butler was ordained to be its pastor. He lived the life of a civil servant, serving as a representative to the General Assembly of Vermont, chief justice for Washington County, a member of Congress, and governor of Vermont. He died on July 12, 1838. (page 172 of: The Baptist Encyclopaedia A Dictionary of the Doctrines, Ordinances, Usages, Confessions of Faith, Sufferings, Labors, and Successes, and of the General History of the Baptist Denomination in all Lands. With Numerous Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American and Foreign Baptists, and a Supplement. Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881) JPG file (168 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of William W. Stickney. 1913. Born in Plymouth, Vermont, on March 21, 1853. He graduated from Phillips Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, and received his LLD from Norwich University in 1902. After practicing law for a number of years, he became the state's attorney and later the speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives. From 1900-1902 he was the governor of Vermont. He died in Tyson, Vermont on December 15, 1932. (page 1186-1187 of: Who Was Who in America: Volume I 1897-1942. Chicago, IL: A.N. Marquis Company, 1943) JPG file (778 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Henry Bond. 1913. He was born in Ware, Massachusetts on July 7, 1856. A businessman, he was president of the Chicago Baptist Social Union and the Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Society. He was Vice President of the Vermont Baptist State Convention, and President of The Northern Baptist Convention in 1912-1914. He died August 9, 1925 (bio taken from page 114 of: Who Was Who in America: Volume I 1897-1942. Chicago, IL: A.N. Marquis Company, 1943) JPG file (808 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Julius. J. Estey. 1913. Estey was born in Vermont in 1845 and died on March 2, 1902. He served as a General of the State Militia. He was president of the Board of the Vermont Baptist State Convention from 1885-1901. JPG file (575 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Amzi Clarence Dixon. 1923. On July 6, 1854 Amzi Clarence Dixon was born in Shelby, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest College at the age of nineteen. During his senior year there he was called to preach. He pastored two country churches before entering Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After seven months he was forced to return home due to his mother's illness, and he preached in the village church. When the time came to return to the Seminary, he instead accepted the call to the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There he remained for three years, when he was called to Asheville. After another three years he was called to Baltimore, Maryland. From there he accepted the call of the Hanson Place Baptist church of Brooklyn, New York, where he remained ten years. At that time he was called to the Ruggles Street Baptist Church in Boston, remaining there five years. He was then called to the Moody Church in Chicago for five years before moving on to the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. There he remained for eight years, until WWI was over. At that time he began lecturing at the Los Angeles Baptist Institute and traveling the world, activities that lasted three years until his next call. This call was to the University Baptist Church at Baltimore. He died on June 14, 1925. JPG file (200 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of James Pettigru Boyce. 1881. On January 11, 1827, James Pettigru Boyce was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Charleston College for two years before entering Brown University, from which he graduated in 1847. Upon being baptized in 1846, Boyce joined with the First Baptist Church at Charleston. He edited the Southern Baptist for six months before entering Princeton Theological Seminary in 1849. Boyce was ordained pastor of the Baptist church in Columbia, South Carolina in 1851. In 1855 he became a Furman University professor, where he remained until he was elected professor in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1858 and 1859. Boyce served two terms in the South Carolina Legislature, beginning in 1862. He published several works including: A Brief Catechism on Bible Doctrines, The Doctrine and Uses of the Sanctuary, Death and Life the Christian’s Portion, and The Suffering Christ. Boyce died on December 28, 1888. JPG file (357 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Henry Allen Tupper. 1923. Henry Allen Tupper was born in Georgia on June 26, 1856. He was a student at the University of Virginia, Richmond, before graduating from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1879. Tupper was ordained the same year. He served in numerous pulpits over the course of his life. In 1890 Georgetown College conferred on him the degree of D.D.; the same school conferred on him his LL.D. in 1906. In 1921 he served as a vice-president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also served as editor-in-chief of the System Bible Study, issued in 1922. JPG file (198 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Martin Cheney. 1881. Martin Cheney was born in 1792. He was actively involved in the General Conference of Freewill Baptists. He died in Olneyville, Rhode Island, on January 4, 1852, aged 59 years. JPG file (361 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of William Carey. 1881. William Carey was born in Purvey, Northamptonshire, England on August 17, 1761. He was baptized on October 5, 1783; and ordained pastor of the Baptist church at Moulton in 1787. Carey was entirely self-educated and extremely proficient in several languages. After reading the voyages of Captain Cook, Carey felt called to preach the Gospel to the heathen. He wrote a pamphlet entitled “An Inquiry into the Obligation of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen.” In 1789 Carey became the pastor of the church at Leicester, out of which he would go to India. He traveled to India with the Danish East India Company, and there learned the language and served as a missionary. Due to his proficiency in the native languages, Carey wrote several grammars of the various regional languages and also translated the New Testament into many of them. He became professor at the College of Fort William in Calcutta. Carey died in India on June 9, 1834. JPG file (393 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Richard Briscoe Cook. 1881. On November 11, 1838, Richard Briscoe Cook was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his elementary education in public schools and at Newton University. He was baptized on April 12, 1857. In 1859 Cook entered Columbian College to prepare for ministry; he graduated in 1863 with an A.B. degree with honors. In 1866 he received the degree of A.M. Following his ordination in 1864, Cook became pastor of the Baptist church in Holmesburg, Philadelphia. In 1875 Cook became pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Wilmington, Delaware. He served as vice-president and president of the Philadelphia Baptist Ministerial Conference. He died in 1916. JPG file (367 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Robert C. Buckner. 1881. Robert C. Buckner was born in Madisonville, Tennessee, on January 3, 1837. He was a graduate of Georgetown College. Buckner made a profession of faith in October 1844. He was pastor of Baptist churches in Albany, Owensborough, and Salvisa, Kentucky; and Paris, Texas, for 27 years. Buckner was the first Kentucky agent of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He served as moderator of the Red River Association, Texas; superintendent of Orphan Home work in Texas; president of the Sunday School Convention in Northern Texas; secretary of the Texas Baptist General Association; and editor of the Texas Baptist. Buckner died on April 9, 1919. JPG file (328 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of B. H. Carroll. 1881. During December 1843, B. H. Carroll was born in Carroll County, Mississippi. He moved to Texas around 1860. Carroll served in the army of the Confederate States, where he was wounded in 1864. In 1865 he was converted, and was ordained in 1866. He was educated at Baylor University. At various times, Carroll served as Vice President of the Baptist General Association of Texas, Vice President from Texas on the Domestic Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, pastor of First Baptist Church of Waco, Texas, and the associate editor of the Texas Baptist. He died on November 11, 1914. JPG file (347 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Hanserd Knollys. 1881. Hanserd Knollys was born in Chalkwell, Lincolnshire, in 1598. He was a graduate of the University of Cambridge. In 1629 he was ordained and charged with the parish of Humberstone. There he preached three to four sermons a week for over 40 years. In 1636, he resigned from ministry and membership in the Anglican church. Knollys fled from the resulting persecution to America, arriving in Boston in 1638. Soon after his arrival, he moved to Dover, New Hampshire, and began to preach. Persecution moved Knollys’ Baptists to Long Island and then New Jersey. Knollys was summoned to England by his elderly father, and he commenced preaching upon arrival. In 1645 he was ordained pastor of the Baptist church in London. Due to the numerous laws against the worship of dissenting groups, Knollys was frequently in prison. He was Calvinist in doctrine; and he authored eleven works before his death on September 19, 1691, including a grammar of the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew languages. JPG file (341 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Benjamin Keach. 1881. Benjamin Keach was born in Stokehaman, England, on February 29, 1640. He was converted at fifteen and baptized soon thereafter. In 1668 he was ordained pastor of the church of Horsleydown, Southwark, London. Throughout his life, Keach staunchly spoke against infant baptism, and he was frequently in prison for his preaching. He authored 43 works in all, the two most popular being Tropologia and Gospel Mysteries Unveiled. Keach died on July 18, 1704. JPG file (359 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of William Kiffin. 1881. During the year 1616, William Kiffin was born in London. He joined the Baptist church in 1638. When that church established a new church in Devonshire Square in 1640, Kiffin was elected pastor. He held that position for 61 years. Kiffin was arrested many times, often on false charges of conspiracy against the king. For over 50 years, he was the father of English Baptists. Kiffin died on September 29, 1701. JPG file (376 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of John Leland. 1881. John Leland was born in Grafton, Massachusetts, on May 14, 1754. He was converted in 1774. Later the church in Mount Poney, Culpepper County, Virginia, where he had been attending, ordained him. He led innumerable revivals throughout Virginia. When he felt he had exhausted his work in Virginia, he moved back to Massachusetts. There he continued to preach until his death on January 14, 1841. JPG file (347 KB)
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    Description: Portrait of Aaron Leland. 1913. Aaron Leland was born in Holliston, Massachusetts on May 28, 1761. He became a member of a Baptist church in 1785 and was licensed to preach. In 1789 he moved to Chester, Vermont, to pastor a new church formed there. Leland served as representative in the General Assembly for 9 years, speaker of the House for 3 years, lieutenant-governor of the state for 5 years, and assistant justice of the County Court for 18 years. He declined candidacy for governor in 1828 because he felt it would take away from his ministry. In 1814 Leland received an honorary M.A. degree from Middlebury College; the following year he was also awarded one from Brown University. He died on August 25, 1833. (page 682 of: The Baptist Encyclopaedia A Dictionary of the Doctrines, Ordinances, Usages, Confessions of Faith, Sufferings, Labors, and Successes, and of the General History of the Baptist Denomination in all Lands. With Numerous Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American and Foreign Baptists, and a Supplement. Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881) JPG file (796 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Matthew Tyson Yates. 1881. Matthew Tyson Yates was born in Wake County, North Carolina, in 1819. He was baptized in 1836. Yates’ early education took place at George W. Thompson, which he began attending in 1838. He then went on to become a graduate of Wake Forest College in 1846; he later received a D.D. from Wake Forest in 1872. Yates was ordained during a session of the Convention following his graduation. After ordination, he set sail with his wife for China, where he worked as a missionary with great success. He died on March 17, 1888. JPG file (364 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of William R. Williams. 1881. William R. Williams was born in New York on October 14, 1804. He graduated from Columbia College in 1823. Williams then became an active member of the Oliver Street Church, into which he was baptized. In 1832 he was ordained as pastor of the Amity Street Church. Many of his sermons and writings have been published. At various times, Williams was invited to chairs at colleges and university, but he felt strongly that his calling was the church. He died on February 20, 1877. JPG file (339 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Francis Wayland. 1881. Born in New York City, March 11, 1796. He graduated from Union College where he completed his medical studies. In 1816 he entered the Andover Theological Seminary, and in 1821 was called to pastor the First Baptist church in Boston. In 1827, he became president of Brown University, staying there until his retirement in 1855. He died on September 30, 1865. JPG file (351 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Richard Furman. 1881. In 1755 Richard Furman was born in New York. While almost entirely educated at home, Furman became accomplished in Latin and knowledgeable in Greek and Hebrew. At 16, he was baptized; at 19 he was ordained pastor of the High Hills church. Furman spent part of the Revolutionary War in Virginia where he knew Patrick Henry. He was known as an important patriot and worked for religious freedom. After the war he returned to the church at High Hills. In 1787 he became pastor of the First Church in Charleston, where he remained the next 37 years. In 1814 he was unanimously elected as the first president of the Triennial Convention. Furman was numbered among those who formed the constitution for the state of South Carolina. He also served as president of the Baptist State Convention. Furman died in August of 1825. JPG file (330 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of John Gill. 1881. John Gill was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, on November 23, 1697. His father, Edward Gill helped form a Particular Baptist church and served as a deacon. As a child John Gill was an excellent student and learned several languages. He was baptized on November 1, 1716, and began to preach. On March 22, 1720, he was ordained pastor of the church at Horsleydown, Southwark, London. Early in his life, he began to collect Hebrew works, such as the Talmuds and Targums. This led to his prominence as a scholar of Old Testament and Jewish antiquities. In 1748 he received his Doctor of Divinity from Aberdeen. Gill published many works, most notably his Body of Divinity in 1769 and his Annotations on the Bible, a commentary on the Old and New Testaments. He died on October 14, 1771. JPG file (333 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Andrew Fuller. 1881. Andrew Fuller was born on February 6, 1754 in Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England. He was baptized in 1770. In 1775, Fuller was ordained pastor of the church of Soham. In 1782, Fuller moved again to Kettering, Northamptonshire. There, in 1792, he helped form the Baptist Missionary Society, of which he was the first secretary. He adamantly supported William Carey, who was sent by the society to India. Fuller was a prolific writer and was well known in England and America. Most of his beliefs were Calvinistic. He declined two honorary doctoral degrees: one from Princeton in 1798 and one from Yale in 1805. Fuller died on May 7, 1815. JPG file (343 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Manson Horatio Wolfe. 1923. Manson Horatio Wolfe was born in Wolfe City, TX on December 10, 1866. He was a cotton exporter and banker. He served as the Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. (bio taken from page 2999 of: Who's Who in America: Volume 10, 1918-1919. Chicago, IL: A.N. Marquis Company, 1919) JPG file (695 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of George W. Truett. 1923. George W. Truett was born in North Carolina on May 6, 1867. At 18 he began teaching at the local schools. When he was 22, he left for Texas. There he worked to free Baylor University from debt. While in school there, he accepted the pastorate at East Waco Baptist Church. When Truett graduated from Baylor University in 1897, he was appointed pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. Shortly after beginning this pastorate, he was also elected to be president of Baylor University; however, he refused to give up his pastorate. He made several trips abroad, preaching to soldiers in France in 1918 and serving as a messenger and preacher at the Baptist World Alliance conventions. Truett died on July 7, 1944. (page 450 in BB v. 3) JPG file (354 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of James Britton Cranfill. 1923. James Britton Cranfill was born in Parker County, Texas on September 12, 1858. He earned his MD and LLD, but spent most of his life as Texas Baptist editor, publisher and writer. He was the founder and editor of The Texas Baptist Standard (1892-1904), and editor of The Baptist Bookman. Cranfill died in 1942.(bio taken from pages 638-639 of: Who's Who in America: Volume 10, 1918-1919. Chicago, IL: A.N. Marquis Company, 1919). JPG file (331 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of William. E. Penn. 1923. He was born August 11, 1832 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. In 1952 he became a lawyer. He served as a Major in the Confederate Army. A Texas layman, he began itinerant preaching in the 1870s, and is considered the first full-time Southern Baptist evangelist. He died in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in April 1895. JPG file (702 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Annie Luther Bagby. 1923. Annie Luther Bagby, born in 1859, was the first Texas foreign missionary. She married William B. Bagby, who became the second foreign missionary. Beginning in 1881, they served as missionaries with the Foreign Missionary Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Brazil for over 60 years. She died in December 1943. JPG file (293 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of John H. Cotton. 1881. John H. Cotton was born in Middletown, Connecticut, on August 20, 1778. He was married on May 30, 1802, after which he moved to New York state. In 1807 he moved to Vermont, where he lived the rest of his life. Cotton made a profession of religion on November 11, 1814. From 1814-1818 he served on the State Legislature and as town clerk from 1816-1820. He also served as associate judge of the County Court. In 1820, he became superintendent of the Vermont State Prison. Cotton was baptized on May 5, 1822 and joined the Baptist church in Windsor where he became a deacon and later senior deacon. From 1834 to 1843, Cotton served as the vice president of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. He died on May 1, 1850. JPG file (329 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Joseph W. D. Creath. 1881. On February 3, 1809, Joseph W. D. Creath was born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. He was educated at Virginia Baptist Seminary (which later became Richmond College), where he graduated in 1837. Creath pastored several area churches until he was appointed as missionary to Texas by the Domestic Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1846. He worked to raise money for missions and the building of churches, as well as starting new churches in the Southwest. While in Texas, Creath served as moderator of the Union Association, president of the State Convention, president of the trustees of Baylor University, and vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He died on July 28, 1881. JPG file (325 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Christmas Evans. 1881. Christmas Evans was born in Wales on Christmas Day, 1766. He taught himself to read using his Welsh Bible. After becoming convinced of the Baptist doctrine of baptism, Evans was baptized in 1788 in the river Duar. He devoted his entire life to the region around Anglesea, and took numerous preaching excursions throughout Wales. Evans died in Swansea on July 20, 1838. JPG file (349 KB)
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    Description: Composite Picture of Ezra Butler. 1913. During September 1763 Ezra Butler was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts. He managed a large farm in New Hampshire until he was 22, at which time he moved to Waterbury, Vermont, to start his own farm. At 27 he was c
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    Description: Lithograph of Ann Hasseltine Judson. 1881. Ann Hasseltine Judson was born in Bradford, Massachusetts, on December 22, 1789. She was educated at the local academy and was converted at age 16. In 1810 she met Adoniram Judson; in 1812 they were married. She was baptized by immersion with her husband. Along with her husband, she learned the local language. In 1821 she became ill and returned to America; during her stay she wrote an account of the Burmese mission. She sailed back to India in 1823, where she died on October 24, 1826. JPG file (331 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of W. H. McIntosh. 1881. W. H. McIntosh was born in McIntosh County, Georgia, on April 4, 1811. He was a graduate of Furman Institution, South Carolina. McIntosh was licensed to preach by the Sunberry Baptist church; the South Newport church later ordained him in 1836. He was the pastor at Darien beginning in 1838, and he remained there until accepting a pastorate in Eufaula, Alabama, in 1849. There he remained until becoming pastor at the Siloam church in Marion in 1855. McIntosh received a Doctor of Divinity degree from two institutions in 1868: Columbian College in Washington, D.C., and Baylor University in Texas. He moved once again in 1872 to Macon, Georgia, to accept a pastorship there, which he held for three years. In 1875 he was hired as the corresponding secretary of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, which took back to Marion, Alabama. McIntosh died on April 22, 1890. JPG file (322 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of A. Judson Rowland. 1881. A. Judson Rowland was born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on February 9, 1840. He was baptized on January 6, 1858. After graduating from the university at Lewisburg in 1862, Rowland was ordained, after which he served as a military chaplain for a year. In 1863 he entered Rochester Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1866. After graduating he served as pastor of the Mount Auburn church in Cincinnati, Ohio, until 1868 when he became the president of the Mount Auburn Institute. After two years, he became pastor of the First Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Following two more years, he became pastor of the Tenth Church in Philadelphia. In 1880 Rowland received a Doctor of Divinity degree from the University at Lewisburg. He died in 1920. JPG file (322 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of William McMaster. 1881. In 1811 William McMaster was born in the County of Tyrone, Ireland. He was converted early in life and active in the local church. At the age of 22, he came to Canada. In 1862 he was elected to the upper house of the Canadian Legislature. In 1865 he received dual honors in being chosen as Senator of the Dominion and by being appointed member of the council of public education. McMaster was appointed member of the senate of Toronto University in 1873. He was instrumental in the formation of the Superannuated Ministers’ Society, of which he served as president from its inception. He entirely paid for the building of the Toronto Baptist College. McMaster died in 1887. JPG file (349 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Abel Morgan. 1881. On April 18, 1713, Abel Morgan was born at Welsh Tract, Delaware. He was baptized at the age of 20 and ordained soon thereafter. In 1739 he was placed in charge of a church in Middletown, New Jersey, where he remained until his death. Morgan strongly defended believer’s baptism in speech and written word until his death on November 24, 1785. JPG file (340 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Richard Fuller. 1881. During April of 1804, Richard Fuller was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. He entered Harvard University in 1820, but dropped out prior to graduating due to health concerns. After finishing his education in Beaufort, he worked as an accomplished lawyer until his conversion at a revival led by Rev. Daniel Barker. He was then re-baptized into the Baptist denomination. Fuller served as pastor of churches in Savannah, Georgia, and Beaufort, South Carolina, during which time he engaged in religious debate with individuals of other denominations. One such debate on slavery was with Rev. Dr. Wayland. Fuller was a slave owner. In 1836 he visited Europe for health reasons. He was called to a church in Baltimore in 1846, where he remained until his death on October 20, 1876. JPG file (353 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of James Milton Carroll. 1923. James Milton Carroll was born in Monticello, Arkansas, on January 8, 1852. In 1858 he moved to Texas with his parents. He began attending Baylor University in 1873. After graduation he became pastor of churches at Anderson and Oakland. During this time he also served as Corresponding Secretary of the Sunday School Convention of Texas. He served in Corpus Christi for three years as a missionary pastor. He pastored churches throughout Texas and raised funds for countless boards. In 1892 he became corresponding Secretary for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Later he was elected pastor of the First Baptist church of Waco, a position he resigned from in order to work on the Baylor University endowment. In 1913 he became president-elect of Howard Payne College. Ten years later he published A History of Texas Baptists, a culmination of over 40 years of research. (page 45 of Baptist Biography, vol 2.) Carroll died on January 11, 1931. JPG file (745 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of James Huckins. 1923. In April of 1807, James Huckins was born in New Hampshire. At 14 he was baptized. He graduated at an early age from Brown University. Huckins was among the first Baptist ministers sent to Texas by the Home Mission Society. After many years as a missionary, Huckins became pastor of the church in Galveston. In 1859 he accepted the pastorate of the Wentworth Street Baptist church in Charleston, South Carolina. At the outbreak of war, Huckins continued his pastorate and also served as a chaplain until his death on August 14, 1863. (page 554 of: The Baptist Encyclopaedia A Dictionary of the Doctrines, Ordinances, Usages, Confessions of Faith, Sufferings, Labors, and Successes, and of the General History of the Baptist Denomination in all Lands. With Numerous Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American and Foreign Baptists, and a Supplement. Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881) JPG file (193 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Robert Taylor Hanks. 1923. On April 23, 1850, Robert Taylor Hanks was born in Olney, Alabama. At 21 he moved to Dalton, Georgia, to study law. There, however, he was licensed to preach and soon left for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, then at Greenville, South Carolina. He took a short leave from the Seminary to learn languages at Richmond College. Finally he left the Seminary to pastor the Dalton church that had first licensed him. He remained there four years, after which he moved to Albany, Georgia, where he served as pastor for another four years. After this time he moved to Texas, where he pastored many churches over the next several years. The State Board elected him general missionary five times. He also started The Western Baptist and served as a trustee of several educational institutions. (page 189 of BB v. 1) JPG file (208 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Henry Jessey. 1881. Henry Jessey was born on September 3, 1601, in West Routon, Yorkshire, England. At 17 he entered St. John’s College in Cambridge, where he remained six years. Jessey then served as a chaplain for nine years in Assington, Suffolk. In 1627 he received Episcopal ordination, and in 1633 he became the rector of Aughton, Yorkshire. Beginning in 1637, Jessey pastored a Congregational church in London. After his baptism by immersion in 1645, he became pastor of the church at Swan Alley, Coleman Street, London. Until the Act of Uniformity forced Jessey from his position as rector at St. George’s, he served as a rector and a pastor of a Baptist church in the same city. Through his extensive knowledge of biblical languages, Jessey authored a revised translation of scripture, which remained unpublished. Shortly after being removed from his position of rector, Jessey was thrown in prison for his beliefs, where he died on September 4, 1663. JPG file (368 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of Zachary C. Taylor. 1923. Zachary C. Taylor was born in 1851. He graduated from Baylor University and was ordained to the ministry in 1879. Z. C. Taylor and his wife Kate served as Southern Baptist missionaries to Brazil. Together, with fellow missionaries William B. and Anne Luther Bagby, they formed a church in Bahia in 1882, the first Baptist church in Brazil composed of Brazilians. He and his second wife died in a coastal storm in Corpus Christi, TX in 1919. JPG file (93 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of William B. Bagby. 1923. William B. Bagby was born in 1855. He and his wife, Annie Luther Bagby, were the first Texas foreign missionaries. Beginning in 1881, they served as Southern Baptist missionaries in Brazil for over 40 years. He died in 1939. JPG file (309 KB)
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    Description: Photograph of J. L. Ward. 1923. J.L. Ward was pastor of the Baptist Church of Decatur, Texas. He served as president of Decatur Baptist College from 1900-1907, and then again in 1914. JPG file (173 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of Augustus Rauschenbusch. 1881. On February 13, 1816, Augustus Rauschenbusch was born in Altena, Westphalia, Germany. At the age of 15 he entered the gymnasium at Elberfeld, from which he graduated at 19 and entered the University of Berlin. At 20 he became a believer. When Rauschenbusch’s father, a Lutheran minister, died in 1841, his congregation called on Augustus Rauschenbusch to be his successor. In 1846 he immigrated to America to minister to German Americans. He was baptized into the Baptist faith in 1850. The next year he preached throughout parts of Canada, starting some of the first Baptist churches there. Rauschenbusch settled in Missouri in 1854. The next year he organized the German Baptist Church in Gasconade County, Missouri, in which he preached. In 1858 he took charge of the German department at the Theological Seminary at Rochester, New York. JPG file (360 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of John Nelson Murdock. 1881. John Nelson Murdock was born in Oswego, New York on December 8, 1820. At the age of 17 he was converted; a short time later he was licensed to preach by the Methodist church. In 1842 he was immersed in baptism and received Baptist ordination shortly thereafter. Murdock accepted the pastorate at the church in Albion, New York, where he remained until he accepted the pastorate at the South Church in Hartford two years later. In 1854 Murdock received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Rochester University. He remained in Hartford until 1857, when he accepted the pastorate of the Bowdoin Square church in Boston. In 1863 he was elected secretary of the Missionary Union. He died in 1897. JPG file (339 KB)
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    Description: Lithograph of David Burcham Ray. 1881. On March 30, 1830, David Burcham Ray was born in Hickman, Kentucky. Following his conversion, he was baptized on October 16, 1844. Following his ordination in 1856, Ray worked in Kentucky and Tennessee until 1870, when he became editor of the Baptist Sentinel. In 1873 he became pastor at La Grange, Missouri. There he remained until 1880, when he moved to St. Louis. He studied at the Clinton Seminary in Kentucky until health problems forced him to leave school. Ray is noted for two primary works: Text-Book on Campbellism (1867) and Baptist Succession (1870). He died in 1922. JPG file (332 KB)