Merritt Cornell

(1827-1893). Pioneer evangelist on the Pacific Coast. A former Millerite, and then a member of the Advent Harbinger group who taught the “age to come” doctrine (see Messenger Party ), he was won to the Sabbatarian Adventists by Joseph Bates in 1852, and immediately set out with great energy to proclaim his new faith. At Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1854 he and Loughborough conducted the first Adventist meetings held in a tent. His wife, Angeline, worked with him, sometimes remaining to instruct further those who had become interested in the meetings, while her husband went on to the next place. In a sense she was the forerunner of today’s Bible instructors. In 1871 Cornell worked with Loughborough in the first Seventh-day Adventist tent meetings in San Francisco, California, and in 187...

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

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