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Jones, Samuel Porter

Robert R. Mathisen

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0800779

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Jones, Samuel Porter (16 October 1847–15 October 1906), evangelist, was born in Chambers County, Alabama, the son of John J. Jones, a successful lawyer and businessman, and Nancy Porter. His father’s family had a long tradition of producing Methodist preachers. Both his great-grandfather and his grandfather had entered the ministry, and his father also felt called to the ministry but never was convinced that it offered enough financial security. Sam Jones’s mother had an equally significant religious influence on him. “My mother was a painstaking, sweet-spirited, Christian woman,” he later wrote. Jones’s mother died when he was nine years old, and about four years later John Jones married Jennie Skinner of Cartersville, Georgia, and moved the family there in 1859. Like Nancy Jones before her, the new stepmother also “did all she could in instilling the principles of virtue and right” in the hearts of Jones and his three siblings....

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Subjects: Protestantism and Protestant Churches ; Christian Churches and Denominations ; Christian Institutions and Organizations

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