Hiram Edson

(1806-1882). A layman (later ordained) of Port Gibson, New York, the pioneer responsible for introducing, among those who became Seventh-day Adventists, the fuller understanding of the sanctuary and its cleansing. Edson was a respected Methodist steward in 1843 (or possibly 1844), when he accepted the message of the imminent Second Advent. As the Millerites’ day of expectation approached, he held evening cottage meetings in his home. On Oct. 22 he invited the people to come to the last meeting, and bade goodbye to those who declined, never expecting to meet them again. Concerning this meeting he said, “We looked for our coming Lord until the clock tolled twelve at midnight. The day had then passed, and our disappointment became a certainty. Our fondest hopes and expectatio...

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

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