Famous 19th Century Preachers

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Charles Spurgeon
(One of the Most Influential and Extraordinary Preachers of the 19th century)
Charles Spurgeon
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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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Father Divine
(Former Preacher who founded International Peace Mission movement)
Father Divine
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Birthdate: 1876 AD
Birthplace: Rockville, Maryland, United States
Died: September 10, 1965

African-American religious leader George Baker, better known as Father Divine, founded Peace Mission, a movement that is now considered the basis of the civil rights movement. Father Divine claimed that divine intervention had caused the death of the judge who had sentenced him to prison for arranging meetings in Sayville.

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Charles Grandison Finney
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Birthdate: August 29, 1792
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warren, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 16, 1875

Charles Grandison Finney, dubbed as the Father of Modern Revivalism, began his career with the Presbyterian Church, where his style of preaching fermented spirited revivals. Later, his dissatisfaction with Presbyterian theology led to formation of Broadway Tabernacle and he started promoting abolitionism and equal education for women and blacks. He spent his last years as minister of Oberlin’s First Congregational Church.

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Henry Ward Beecher
(Clergyman, Preacher & Abolitionist)
Henry Ward Beecher
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Birthdate: June 24, 1813
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Litchfield, Connecticut, U.S
Died: March 8, 1887

Congregational minister Henry Ward Beecher, the eighth child of Reverend Lyman Beecher, was a skilled orator and a prominent Protestant speaker. He was known for anti-slavery stance and his belief in God's love, One of his best works is the pamphlet Seven Lectures to Young Men.

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William Booth
(Founder of the Salvation Army, Preacher)
William Booth
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Birthdate: April 10, 1829
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sneinton, Nottingham, England
Died: August 20, 1912

Hailed as the Prophet of the Poor, William Booth was the co-founder and the first the General of the Salvation Army, a Christian church known for its world-wide charitable work. Initially a Methodist preacher, he was moved by the plight of the poor and formed the Salvation Army, aiming to deliver salvation by meeting both their physical and spiritual needs.

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William J. Seymour
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Birthdate: May 2, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisiana
Died: September 28, 1922

William J. Seymour was an African-American holiness preacher. He is credited to have initiated the Azusa Street Revival, an influential event in the rise of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. He was a student of the early Pentecostal minister Charles Parham. He played a major role in the spread of Pentecostalism to various parts of America. 

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Dwight L. Moody
(Editor, Philosopher, Writer, Evangelist, Hymnwriter)
Dwight L. Moody
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Birthdate: February 5, 1837
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Northfield
Died: December 22, 1899

Dwight L. Moody was an American publisher and evangelist. He is credited with founding the Moody Church which went on to become the most well-known religious outreach of its kind. He gave up his lucrative shoe business to focus solely on revivalism. He played an important role in the Civil War, working with the United States Christian Commission of YMCA.

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John Humphrey Noyes
(American Preacher, Radical Religious Philosopher, and Utopian Socialist)
John Humphrey Noyes
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Birthdate: September 3, 1811
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Died: April 13, 1886

John Humphrey Noyes was an American preacher, religious philosopher, and utopian socialist. He was the founder of the Putney, Oneida, and Wallingford Communities. He decided to devote his life to religion at a young age and studied at the Yale Theological Seminary. He was also involved in political activism and helped organize an anti-slavery society in the United States. 

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William Ellery Channing
(American Unitarian Preacher)
William Ellery Channing
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Birthdate: April 7, 1780
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died: October 2, 1842

William Ellery Channing was an American preacher. One of the most important Unitarian preachers in the early-19th century, Channing was also one of Unitarianism's most prominent theologians. Remembered for his impassioned and articulate public speeches and sermons, Channing had a major influence on the New England Transcendentalists. In 1903, he was honored with a statue at the Boston Public Garden.  

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Robert Moffat
(British missionary)
Robert Moffat
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Birthdate: December 21, 1795
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ormiston, Scotland
Died: August 9, 1883
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Orestes Brownson
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Birthdate: September 16, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockbridge, Vermont, United States
Died: April 17, 1876

American theological and philosophical writer Orestes Brownson had been through massive religious confusion in his early days, when he switched from Presbyterianism, to Universalism, to Unitarianism, before finally converting to Catholicism. His writings include The Convert and The American Republic. He also wrote extensively on Transcendentalism.

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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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Barton W. Stone
(Evangelist)
Barton W. Stone
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Birthdate: December 24, 1772
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Charles County, Maryland, United States
Died: November 9, 1844

Barton W. Stone was an evangelist who played an important role during the Second Great Awakening in the US. He is credited with forming the Christian Church, which worked towards restoring primitive Christianity. Today, many church groups including Churches of Christ have historical connection to Stone's efforts. Atlantic Christian College in North Carolina was renamed Barton College in his honor.

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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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James Chalmers
(Scottish missionary)
James Chalmers
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Birthdate: August 4, 1841
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ardrishaig, Scotland
Died: April 8, 1901
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Edward Robinson
(Translator)
Edward Robinson
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Birthdate: April 10, 1794
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Southington, Connecticut, United States
Died: January 27, 1863

Edward Robinson was a biblical scholar best remembered for his work Biblical Researches in Palestine. Regarded as the first major work in Biblical Archaeology and Biblical Geography, his work earned him the titles, Founder of Modern Palestinology and Father of Biblical Geography. He is also remembered for translating scriptural works.

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John Murray
(Minister)
John Murray
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Birthdate: December 10, 1741
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hampshire, England
Died: September 3, 1815
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Isaac Backus
(Preacher)
Isaac Backus
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Birthdate: January 9, 1724
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Connecticut, United States
Died: November 20, 1806

Isaac Backus was a Baptist minister who played an important role during the American Revolution. He is best remembered for campaigning against New England's state-established churches. Influenced by the works of George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards, Backus became a preacher. His work titled Government and Liberty Described and Ecclesiastical Tyranny Exposed is considered a historically important article.

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William Wade Harris
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Birthdate: 1860 AD
Birthplace: Graway Village, Liberia
Died: 1929 AD
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Mercedes de Jesus Molina
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Birthdate: September 24, 1828
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baba, Los RĂ­os, Ecuador
Died: June 12, 1883
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William Richards
(Missionary)
William Richards
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Birthdate: August 22, 1793
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plainfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 7, 1847

William Richards was a politician and missionary whose work on a formal land title system gave rise to the Great Mahele in 1848. He also helped popularize a liberal constitutional monarchy in the Kingdom of Hawaii. He also served as a translator to King Kamehameha III and later helped translate much of the Bible into Hawaiian. 

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Peter Cartwright
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Birthdate: September 1, 1785
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amherst County, Virginia, United States
Died: September 25, 1872

Peter Cartwright was an American Methodist, preacher, and revivalist. A Methodist missionary, Cartwright helped start the Second Great Awakening in America; he is credited with baptizing twelve thousand converts. Peter Cartwright was also a writer and his autobiography made him popular throughout the country. 

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James Augustine Healy
(Religious leader)
James Augustine Healy
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Birthdate: April 6, 1830
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: August 5, 1900

Born to an Irish immigrant father and his African-American slave wife, James Augustine Healy was the first Black Roman Catholic bishop of the U.S. However, he identified as White Irish, owing to his mixed race. Although he voiced his support for Native Americans, he never specifically spoke on African-American issues.

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George Grenfell
(Missionary)
George Grenfell
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Birthdate: August 21, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sancreed, England
Died: July 1, 1906
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John Caird
(Theologian)
John Caird
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Birthdate: December 15, 1820
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: July 30, 1898
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Sheldon Jackson
(Clergyman)
Sheldon Jackson
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Birthdate: May 18, 1834
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Minaville, Montgomery County New York, USA
Died: May 2, 1909

Sheldon Jackson was a Presbyterian minister, political leader, and missionary. He is credited with establishing over 100 churches and missions throughout the Western United States. Jackson is also remembered for his efforts to subdue Native American languages. The Sheldon Jackson College in Alaska was named in his honor.

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Robert William Dale
(Former Congregational church leader based in Birmingham)
Robert William Dale
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Birthdate: December 1, 1829
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: March 13, 1895
Frederick William Robertson
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Birthdate: February 3, 1816
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 15, 1853

Frederick William Robertson, also known as Robertson of Brighton, was a 19th-century Anglican clergyman. Born to an army captain, he initially wished to serve in the military. His sermons dismissed the theological ideas existing back then and focused on the reform concepts of the 1848 Revolution instead.

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Thomas French
(Missionary)
Thomas French
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Birthdate: January 25, 1825
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Staffordshire, England
Died: May 14, 1891
Joseph Hubert Reinkens
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Birthdate: March 1, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Burtscheid, Germany
Died: January 4, 1896
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John M. Mason
(Preacher)
John M. Mason
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Birthdate: March 19, 1770
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 26, 1829

John M. Mason was an American theologian and preacher who served as the Provost of Columbia College in the 1810s. In the early-1820s, he also served as the president of Dickinson College. An excellent orator, John M. Mason served as a pastor for 17 years.

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Mary Joseph Rogers
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Birthdate: October 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 9, 1955

The founder of the Maryknoll Sisters, a woman’s congregation that took up missions abroad, Mary Joseph Rogers was initially a zoology student but later devoted her life to her faith. Her group of Christian nuns were initially known as Teresians. The first foreign mission of the Sisters was in China.

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Alfred Saker
(Missionary)
Alfred Saker
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Birthdate: July 28, 1814
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wrotham, England
Died: March 12, 1880

Born to an engineer father, British missionary Alfred Saker had built a small steam engine by 16. Intelligent and well-read, he later departed on a mission to Africa, eventually setting up the city of Victoria, now known as Limbe, in Cameroon. He is also credited with translating the Bible into Douala.

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Alessandro Gavazzi
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Birthdate: March 21, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: January 9, 1889
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Fidelia Fisk
(Missionary)
Fidelia Fisk
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Birthdate: May 1, 1816
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shelburne, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 26, 1864

Fidelia Fisk was a noted American missionary to Persia (Iran), who championed the cause of women’s education and health in Urmia, Iran. Initially a teacher, she had later moved to Iran to be part of the Nestorian Christians. However, she eventually went back to the U.S. with failing health.

Mother Marie Joseph Butler
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Birthdate: July 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kilkenny, Ireland
Died: April 1, 1940

Irish nun Mother Marie Joseph Butler is best remembered for establishing the Marymount Schools in the US and Europe. Part of the Roman Catholic order Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, she later became a US citizen. Her writings were posthumously published as As An Eagle.

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Mary Hannah Fulton
(Missionary)
Mary Hannah Fulton
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Birthdate: May 31, 1854
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashland, Ohio, United States
Died: January 7, 1927

Mary Hannah Fulton was a medical missionary who was sent by the Presbyterian Church to South China. She established a dispensary in Kwai Ping and also helped establish the Hackett Medical College for Women which aimed at training women in medicine. Mary Hannah Fulton also preached the Presbyterian faith in China and helped translate English medical volumes into Chinese.

Lucy Whitehead McGill Waterbury Peabody
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Birthdate: March 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas, United States
Died: February 26, 1949

American missionary Lucy Whitehead McGill Waterbury Peabody had been part of a several major Baptist missions across the world. She is remembered for her work in India. Back in Boston, she established the Farther Lights Society and the missionary magazine Everyland. She also headed the Woman’s Baptist Foreign Missionary Society.

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Laura Maria Sheldon Wright
(Missionary)
Laura Maria Sheldon Wright
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Birthdate: July 10, 1809
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, United States
Died: January 21, 1886

Growing up amid Native American children, Laura Maria Sheldon Wright developed a love for their culture. After her marriage to a missionary to the Seneca Indians, she not only learned the Seneca language but also promoted education and agriculture among them. She also formed the Iroquois Temperance League.

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Kiel Sun-chu
(Christian Minister)
Kiel Sun-chu
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Birthdate: 1869 AD
Birthplace: Korea
Died: 1935 AD
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Joseph Proud
(Minister)
Joseph Proud
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Birthdate: March 22, 1745
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beaconsfield, England
Died: August 3, 1826