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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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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    Creator: Strickland, Michael and Perry, Beth
    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)