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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)