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Dixon, Amzi Clarence (06 July 1854–14 June 1925), minister and evangelist, was born in Shelby, North Carolina, the son of Thomas Dixon, a Baptist minister, and Amanda Elvira McAfee. Converted at one of his father’s revival meetings, Dixon determined as a youth to enter the ministry. After earning an A.B. at Wake Forest College in 1873, Dixon began his peripatetic pastoral career by serving two Baptist churches in Mount Olive and Bear Marsh, North Carolina, from 1874 to 1875; he was ordained in the latter church in 1875. Dixon studied for six months with ...

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Norris, J. Frank (18 September 1877–20 August 1952), fundamentalist pastor, preacher, and evangelist, was born John Franklyn Norris at Dadeville, Alabama, the son of James Warren Norris and Mary Davis, poverty-stricken farmers. The family moved from Alabama to Hubbard, Texas, as sharecroppers when Norris was eleven years old. Converted at age thirteen during a brush arbor revival, he soon thereafter felt a call to the ministry. He was graduated from Baylor University (B.A.) in 1903 and from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M.) in 1905. While at Baylor he met and in 1902 married Lillian Gaddy, the daughter of the general missionary for the Texas Baptist General Convention. They became the parents of four children....

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Riley, William Bell (22 March 1861–05 December 1947), Baptist preacher and fundamentalist leader, was born in Greene County, Indiana, the son of Branson Radish Riley, a farmer, and Ruth Anna Jackson. Riley’s father was a proslavery Democrat, and he took his family to Kentucky soon after the start of the Civil War. Riley grew up in Boone and Owen Counties....

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Stearns, Shubal (28 January 1706–20 November 1771), clergyman and evangelist, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Shubal Stearns and Rebecca Lairabee (or Lariby, or Larrabee). Stearns received little education, but he read widely. His family moved to Tolland, Connecticut, in 1715 and joined the local Congregational church. In 1727 Stearns married Sarah Johnson; they had no children. In 1745 Stearns heard ...