Charles Longacre

(1871-1958). Minister, evangelist, school administrator, editor, author. He was born Dec. 1, 1871, at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. His ancestors came from Zurich, Switzerland, and had been Mennonite preachers for six generations prior to his father’s. After graduating from State Teachers College, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, he taught in the public schools. Longacre first heard of Seventh-day Adventist doctrines through Oliver Thompson, a colporteur who in 1895 brought copies of Signs of the Times to the Longacre home. A short time later two SDA ministers, J. G. Matteson and Lee S. Wheeler, conducted Sunday night meetings east of Norristown, which Longacre’s parents and sisters attended from the first. Longacre himself, who did not attend until some time later, heard R. A. Underwood, a guest...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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