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James Robinson Graves. {a lithograph}

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  • 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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