Famous 19th Century Pastors

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Charles Spurgeon
(One of the Most Influential and Extraordinary Preachers of the 19th century)
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Birthdate: June 19, 1834
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kelvedon, England
Died: January 31, 1892

Charles Spurgeon was an English Particular Baptist preacher who was a powerful figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition. Hailed as the "Prince of Preachers", he was well respected by Christians of various denominations. He was pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel for almost four decades. He was the author of several books, sermons, and commentaries. 

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Fulton J. Sheen
(Archbishop)
Fulton J. Sheen
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Birthdate: May 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: El Paso, Illinois
Died: December 9, 1979

Catholic bishop Fulton J. Sheen was also a prominent radio and TV personality. Known for his stint on the NBC radio show The Catholic Hour, he also hosted the popular TV programs Life Is Worth Living and The Bishop Fulton Sheen Show. He also wrote extensively on communism, love, and peace.

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Andrew Murray
(South African Writer, Teacher and Christian Pastor)
Andrew Murray
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Birthdate: May 9, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
Died: January 18, 1917

South African pastor Andrew Murray was the son of a Scottish missionary who was sent to South Africa. A co-founder of the South African General Mission, he had also been involved in the Reveil revival movement. He later transformed his church to an institution for the Afrikaner Volk.

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Arthur Bell Nicholls
(Pastor)
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Birthdate: January 6, 1819
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Killead, County Antrim, Ireland
Died: December 3, 1906
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Walter Rauschenbusch
(American Theologian and Baptist Pastor)
Walter Rauschenbusch
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Birthdate: October 4, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: July 25, 1918

Walter Rauschenbusch was an American Baptist pastor and theologian. He played an important role in the single tax and Social Gospel movements by propagating the importance of theology through his book A Theology for the Social Gospel which he published in 1917. Walter Rauschenbusch's work influenced prominent personalities like Martin Luther King Jr., Norman Thomas, Desmond Tutu, and James McClendon.

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John Flynn
(Minister)
John Flynn
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Birthdate: November 25, 1880
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moliagul, Australia
Died: May 5, 1951
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Robert Morrison
(Former Presbyterian preacher, is most notable for his work in China)
Robert Morrison
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Birthdate: January 5, 1782
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Morpeth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 1, 1834

Better known as the pioneer of Protestant missionary work in China, Robert Morrison was the first missionary from the London Missionary Society to visit China. Apart from translating the Bible into Chinese, he also enriched Anglo-Chinese literature with his dictionaries and books on Chinese grammar.

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Reuben Archer Torrey
Reuben Archer Torrey
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Birthdate: January 28, 1856
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 26, 1928

Reuben Archer Torrey, a Yale alumnus, also studied theology in Germany before moving to the U.S., where he became a pastor and an evangelist. One of D.L. Moody’s closest aides, he preached in several countries, such as Australia, India, and Japan. He also penned books such as How to Pray.

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N. F. S. Grundtvig
(Danish Bishop and Founder of 'Grundtvigianism', a Theological Movement That Revitalized the Danish Lutheran Church)
N. F. S. Grundtvig
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Birthdate: September 8, 1783
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vordingborg Municipality, Denmark
Died: September 2, 1872

N. F. S. Grundtvig was a Danish author, pastor, poet, historian, teacher, philosopher, and politician. By the end of the 19th century, Grundtvig's philosophy had given rise to a new sense of nationalism, for which he is often counted among the most influential Danish people of all time. He is also remembered for promoting values like compassion, wisdom, and equality.

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Eduard Mörike
(German Lutheran Pastor Who was Also a Romantic Poet and Writer of Novellas and Novels)
Eduard Mörike
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Birthdate: September 8, 1804
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Died: June 4, 1875

Apart from being a Lutheran pastor, Eduard Mörike was also one of Germany’s best-known lyric poets. His Peregrina poems, his sonnets to Luise Raufolk, his poems and tales, such as Das Stuttgarter Hutzelmännlein, along with his novel Maler Nolten, remain significant to German literature to this day.

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Friedrich Naumann
(German Liberal Politician and Protestant Parish Pastor)
Friedrich Naumann
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Birthdate: March 25, 1860
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Störmthal, Großpösna, Germany
Died: August 24, 1919

German political theorist Friedrich Naumann was also a Protestant pastor. He was part of the Reichstag and later also co-founded the Democratic Party of Germany, leading it till his death. He is also remembered for his National-Social Association, which he had co-founded with sociologist Max Weber.

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George A. Smith
(Political leader)
George A. Smith
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Birthdate: June 26, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Potsdam, New York
Died: September 1, 1875

George A. Smith was one of the first leaders of the Latter Day Saint movement which was founded by Joseph Smith. He played an important role in Zion's Camp, which aimed at helping members of the church in Missouri. George A. Smith also played a key role in the events leading up to the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857.

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Allen Allensworth
(Baptist Minister, Educator, Army Officer)
Allen Allensworth
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Birthdate: April 7, 1842
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky
Died: September 14, 1914

Born into slavery, Allen Allensworth successfully disguised himself in a uniform and marched to freedom, along with the Union soldiers during the Civil War. He later served the U.S. Navy and eventually became a Baptist preacher. The first Black American lieutenant colonel, he also formed the town Allensworth.

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J. F. Oberlin
(Pastor)
J. F. Oberlin
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Birthdate: August 31, 1740
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: June 1, 1826
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Samuel Simon Schmucker
(Theologian)
Samuel Simon Schmucker
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Birthdate: February 28, 1799
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
Died: July 26, 1873

Samuel Simon Schmucker was a theologian and Lutheran pastor. He played a key role in the founding of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg as well as Gettysburg College. He also played a major role in the founding of the Evangelical Lutheran General Synod of the United States of America. He was also well-known for his efforts as an abolitionist.

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John Chilembwe
(Pastor)
John Chilembwe
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Birthdate: 1871
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chiradzulu, Malawi
Died: February 3, 1915
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Kaj Munk
(Playwright)
Kaj Munk
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Birthdate: January 13, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lolland, Denmark
Died: January 4, 1944
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Ambrose Agius
(Archbishop)
Ambrose Agius
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Birthdate: September 17, 1856
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alexandria, Khedivate of Egypt, Ottoman Empire
Died: December 13, 1911
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William Barleycorn
(Former Primitive Methodist missionary who went to Fernando Po (now known as Bioko) in Africa in the early 1880s)
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Birthdate: 1848 AD
Birthplace: Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Died: 1925 AD
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Robert Hall
(Minister)
Robert Hall
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Birthdate: May 2, 1764
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arnesby, England
Died: February 21, 1831
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Matthías Jochumsson
(Poet)
Matthías Jochumsson
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Birthdate: November 11, 1835
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Skógar, Iceland
Died: November 18, 1920
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Washington Gladden
(American Congregational Pastor and Early Leader in the Social Gospel Movement)
Washington Gladden
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Birthdate: February 11, 1836
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 2, 1918

Congregational minister Washington Gladden was a leading advocate of the Social Gospel movement. Initially a small-time journalist, he later worked as a religious editor at the New York Independent. He penned books such as Applied Christianity and the popular hymn O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee.

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Matthew Simpson
(American Bishop of the 'Methodist Episcopal Church' and Theologian)
Matthew Simpson
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Birthdate: June 21, 1811
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cadiz, Ohio, United States
Died: June 18, 1884

Recognized as an extraordinary preacher and ardent opponent of slavery, Matthew Simpson began his career with medicine before devoting himself to Methodist Ministry. Mostly self-taught, he spent nine years developing today's DePauw into a leading educational institution, eventually being elected as an editor of  Western Christian Advocate and  bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, concurrently writing and editing several books.

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John Jones
(Lexicographer)
John Jones
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Birthdate: 1766 AD
Birthplace: Llandovery, Wales
Died: January 10, 1827