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Brawley, Edward McKnight (18 March 1851–13 January 1923), Baptist minister, educator, and editor, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of free African-American parents, Ann L. (maiden name unknown) and James M. Brawley. Brawley’s parents took a keen interest in the education and professional development of their son, providing him private schooling in Charleston, sending him at the age of ten to Philadelphia to attend grammar school and the Institute for Colored Youth, and having him apprenticed to a shoemaker in Charleston from 1866 to 1869. He enrolled as the first theological student at Howard University for a few months in 1870; he transferred to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania in January 1871. The first African-American student at Bucknell, Brawley completed his education with the encouragement and financial support of a white couple named Griffith and his own work teaching vocal music and preaching during school vacations. The white Baptist church in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with which he had affiliated, ordained him to the ministry the day after his graduation, 1 July 1875; he was examined by a board composed largely of professors and other learned individuals. In 1878 he received the A.M. from Bucknell and, in 1885, an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the State University in Louisville, Kentucky....

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Furman, Richard (09 October 1755–25 August 1825), Baptist minister and educator, was born in Esopus, New York, to Wood Furman and Rachel Brodhead. Shortly after Richard’s birth his father, a farmer, decided to move the family south, where the royal governor of South Carolina offered land grants to entice settlers. The family chose land near Charleston, South Carolina....

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Going, Jonathan (07 March 1786–09 November 1844), Baptist minister and missionary administrator, was born in Reading, Vermont, the son of Jonathan Going and Sarah Kendall, farmers. The beneficiary of a gift from his uncle, Ezra Kendall of Kingston, Massachusetts, Going attended a preparatory academy in New Salem, Massachusetts, eventually graduating from Brown University in 1809. Upon graduation Going made plans to enter the Christian ministry and was licensed by his home congregation, First Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island, where the illustrious Stephen Gano was pastor. While there Going engaged in theological studies under ...

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Montgomery, Helen Barrett (31 July 1861–19 October 1934), Baptist church leader, civic reformer, and educator, was born in Kingsville, Ohio, the daughter of A. Judson Barrett and Emily Barrows, teachers. Her school years were spent in upstate New York, first in Lowville, then in Rochester. Her father, who she later said was a dominant influence in her life, left his teaching career to attend Rochester Theological Seminary, later assuming the pastorate of the Lake Avenue Baptist Church in Rochester....

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Pendleton, James Madison (20 November 1811–04 March 1891), Baptist minister, professor, and journalist, was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, the son of John Pendleton and Frances J. Thompson, farmers. The year following Pendleton’s birth (he was named in honor of President Madison), the family relocated to a farm near Pembroke in Christian County, Kentucky, where he lived until he was twenty years old. In 1829, at age seventeen, he was baptized and joined Bethel Baptist Church, which licensed him to preach in 1831. He spent the next two years preaching at various churches in or around Christian County. Hopkinsville Baptist Church ordained him to Christian ministry in 1833, when he enrolled in the Christian County Seminary in Hopkinsville where he studied until 1836, obtaining an education in the Greek and Latin classics. During this period, he continued to preach locally. His education was superior to that of most Baptist ministers west of the Appalachian Mountains in the nineteenth century. In 1837 he accepted an invitation to become the pastor of the Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he had a successful ministry for twenty years as the first Baptist pastor in western Kentucky to enter the ministry as a full-time profession. In 1838 he married Catherine Stockton Garnett; they had three daughters and two sons....

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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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Scarborough, Lee Rutland (04 July 1870–10 April 1945), seminary president and clergyman, was born in Colfax, Louisiana, the son of George W. Scarborough, a farmer and Baptist minister, and Martha Elizabeth Rutland. In 1874 his family relocated from Colfax to McLennan County, Texas, near Waco. A second move in 1878 took the family to an isolated area in Jones County in West Texas. He was educated in log schoolhouses in McLennan and Jones counties, and he worked sporadically as a cowboy between 1878 and 1886....

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Staughton, William (04 January 1770–12 December 1829), Baptist minister and educator, was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, the son of Sutton Staughton and Kezia or Keziah (maiden name unknown). A gifted child, William received a plain education in Coventry and was apprenticed to a silversmith. At seventeen he experienced an evangelical conversion and went to Bristol to study at the Baptist academy there. By 1792 Staughton was preaching in Northamptonshire and managed to be present at the auspicious occasion when the Baptist Missionary Society was formed that year. The esteem of his friends, although he was young, was demonstrated in his election to the executive committee of the society....