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Biederwolf, William Edward (29 September 1867–03 September 1939), Presbyterian evangelist, was born in Monticello, Indiana, the son of German immigrants Michael Biederwolf and Abolona Schnetzer. At the age of eighteen, while teaching at a public school located near Monticello, he made a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ and joined the Presbyterian church at Monticello. His conversion was strongly influenced by his experience in Sunday school and also by his sister Kate, whose death of tuberculosis at the age of twenty thwarted her own plans to become a missionary....

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Davenport, James (1716–1757), revivalist and Presbyterian minister, was born in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of the Reverend John Davenport, a Congregationalist minister, and Elizabeth Morris Maltby. He graduated in 1732 from Yale College, where he was regarded as a prodigy. He was licensed to preach on 8 October 1735 and ordained to the ministry of the Congregational Church at Southold, Long Island, in 1738....

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Kirk, Edward Norris (14 August 1802–27 March 1874), Presbyterian and Congregationalist clergyman, was born in New York City, the son of George Kirk, a dry goods storekeeper and Presbyterian elder who had emigrated from Scotland in 1778, and Mary Norris. At ten years of age Kirk moved to Princeton, New Jersey, to live with his uncle Robert Voorhees, a prosperous merchant. In 1816 Kirk entered the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University), receiving the B.A. in 1820. He worked in a law office and studied law in New York City until a religious conversion in 1822 led him to enroll in Princeton Theological Seminary in November 1822; he graduated in 1825 but remained for a further year of study. He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of New York in 1826. In 1855 he was awarded a doctor of divinity degree by Amherst College. He never married....

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Matthews, Mark Allison (23 September 1867–05 February 1940), fundamentalist minister and civic reformer, was born in Calhoun, Georgia, the son of Mark Lafayette Matthews, the owner of a carriage shop and factory, and Malinda Rebecca Clemmons. His once prosperous family suffered serious reversals when the carriage shop, factory, and home were burned to the ground by the marauding armies of ...