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Riggs, Stephen Returnlocked

(23 March 1812–24 August 1883)
  • David M. Stowe


Riggs, Stephen Return (23 March 1812–24 August 1883), missionary and linguist, was born in Steubenville, Ohio, the son of Stephen Riggs, a blacksmith, and Anna Baird. He was educated at the Latin school in Ripley, Ohio, at Jefferson College, and for one year at Western Theological Seminary. On 6 April 1836 he was ordained by the Chillicothe Presbytery at West Union, Ohio. He preached for a year in Hawley, Massachusetts, where in February 1837, he married Mary A. C. Longley, to whom he had become engaged while she was teaching school in southern Indiana. The couple had eight children. Her father, General Thomas Longley, was for many years in the General Court of Massachusetts, and her grandfather, Colonel Edmund Longley, had served under Washington....

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