Alvord, John Watson
- Carol Faulkner
Alvord, John Watson (18 April 1807–14 January 1880), Congregational minister and antislavery reformer, was born in East Hampton, Connecticut, the son of James Hall Alvord, a saddle maker, and Lucy Cook. His father was an active Whig and a deacon in the local Congregational church; his mother was the daughter of Richard Cook, a revolutionary soldier. Alvord attended the common schools of Winsted, Connecticut, and upon leaving school in 1828 he worked for a prominent merchant in Hartford, Connecticut. He went to Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his interest in the antislavery movement began. He left Lane in 1834 because of his participation in the Lane antislavery rebellion of that year, and he received his degree from Oberlin College in 1836. Upon his graduation Alvord continued his antislavery activism and also began training to be a missionary in Africa. An illness prevented his going, and instead he preached to slaves in Florida while recovering his health....