John Nevins Andrews

(1829-1883). First Seventh-day Adventist missionary sent to countries outside North America. He was born in Poland, Maine, and died at Basel, Switzerland, at the age of 54. In 1856 he married Angeline S. Stevens; their children were Charles ( b. 1857), Mary ( b. 1861), and two who died in infancy. Few details are available on his childhood and youth. At 13 he “found the Saviour.” He enjoyed “severe study” much more than physical activity; in later years he could read the Bible in seven languages and claimed the ability to reproduce the New Testament from memory. At the age of 17 he began to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. He began his work as a minister at 21, in 1850, and was ordained in 1853. During those three years he conducted evangelistic meetings in 20 diffe...

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

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