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Giles, Chauncey Commodore (1813-1893), educator, pastor, and author  

David B. Eller

Giles, Chauncey Commodore (11 May 1813–06 November 1893), educator, pastor, and author, was born in Charlemont, Massachusetts, the son of John Giles and Almira Avery, farmers. Young Giles attended Mt. Anthony Academy in Bennington, Vermont, and Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts (1832–1835), with the hope of becoming a Congregational minister. Ill health, however, led him to abandon this goal during his junior year. Williams College later awarded him A.B. and M.A. degrees (1876) and he is listed with the class of 1836....

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McGarvey, John William (1829-1911), minister and theological educator  

Anthony L. Dunnavant

McGarvey, John William (01 March 1829–06 October 1911), minister and theological educator, was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the son of John McGarvey, a storekeeper, and Sarah Ann Thomson. McGarvey was four years of age when his father died. His mother married Gurden F. Saltonstall, a physician and hemp farmer. The family migrated to Tremont, Illinois, in 1839 and continued raising hemp for rope. McGarvey attended James K. Kellogg’s private school in Tremont....

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Reichel, Charles Gotthold (1751-1825), Moravian bishop and educator  

Peter Vogt

Reichel, Charles Gotthold (14 July 1751–18 April 1825), Moravian bishop and educator, was born in Hermsdorff, Silesia, the son of Carl Rudolph Reichel, a Lutheran minister, and Eleonore Sophie Müller. His parents, who were sympathetic to Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf and the Moravians, entrusted him to the Moravian boys’ school at Grosshennersdorf at the age of four. In 1764 he entered the Moravian ...

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Reichel, William Cornelius (1824-1876), Moravian educator and historian  

Peter Vogt

Reichel, William Cornelius (09 May 1824–25 October 1876), Moravian educator and historian, was born in Salem, North Carolina, the son of Gotthold Benjamin Reichel, a principal of Salem Female Academy, and Henriette Friederike Vierling, a housemother. Belonging to a family of high standing in the Moravian church ( ...

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Riley, William Bell (1861-1947), Baptist preacher and fundamentalist leader  

Stuart D. Hobbs

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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Sewell, Frank (1837-1915), college president and clergyman  

David B. Eller

Sewell, Frank (24 September 1837–17 December 1915), college president and clergyman, was born in Bath, Maine, the son of William Dunning Sewell, a shipbuilder and farmer, and Rachael Allen Trufant. As a young man, he developed artistic skill and sensitivity in music, painting, and literature that characterized his later ministry. He graduated first in his class from nearby Bowdoin College in 1858, after which he toured Europe for three years, studying art and theology in Italy, Germany, and France....

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Wells, Seth Youngs (1767-1847), Shaker theologian, author, and educator  

Suzanne R. Thurman

Wells, Seth Youngs (19 August 1767–30 October 1847), Shaker theologian, author, and educator, was born in Southold, New York, the son of Thomas Wells and Abigail Youngs. Little is known of Wells’s early life. He attended high school, where he received a classical education, and studied bookkeeping at the Clinton Academy in East Hampton, New York, in 1788. He taught and served as a principal in the public schools of Albany, New York, and also taught at the Hudson Academy....