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Bristol, Sherlocklocked

(05 June 1815–26 September 1906)
  • Dewey D. Wallace Jr.

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Bristol, Sherlock (05 June 1815–26 September 1906), Congregationalist clergyman and frontier preacher, was born in Cheshire, Connecticut, the son of Gideon Bristol, the fourth generation of his family on the same Connecticut farm, and Julia Parker Bristol. His education began at a local school, and his religious education in a Sunday school class taught by a young lawyer who greatly influenced him. At age fifteen Bristol experienced an evangelical conversion and decided to pursue a career in the ministry. Needing a preparatory education, he attended an Episcopal academy in Cheshire and also learned Latin and Greek from Joseph Whiting, pastor of Cheshire's Congregational church, before entering, in 1833, Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, from which he was expelled in 1835 for his militantly abolitionist views. A benefactor enabled him to attend Oberlin College, where he came under the influence of ...

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