George Augustus Lofton papers, 1784-1941

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Lofton, George Augustus, 1839-1914
14.2 Linear Feet
1800 Items
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The George Augustus Lofton Papers span the years 1874-1941, although the bulk of the material dates from 1875-1900. They consist of correspondence, writings and sermons, clippings, book reviews, and printed materials. The collection principally relates to Lofton's career as a Baptist minister serving churches in Dalton, Gal; Memphis, Tenn. (First Church); St. Louis, Mo. (Third Church); Talladega, Ala.; and Nashville, Tenn. (Central Church). The collection mostly contains handwritten sermons and sermon notes, and includes little family or personal material, although a few family letters are in the Correspondence Series. The Correspondence Series, however, primarily contains letters critiquing Lofton's works, Review of the Question and Bible Thoughts and Themes. The Writings and Speeches Series documents Lofton's intellectual growth throughout his career as author and minister. This series also contains Lofton's published text, Character Sketches (1890), and a manuscript draft of his autobiography titled, "My Family Garden." Lofton's sermons and sermon notes track both his spiritual development and writing skills throughout the years of his ministry. The sermon notes reveal his views on slavery, capital punishment, and foreign mission work. The Printed Materials Series includes published brochures and sermons written by Lofton and others, 1881-1914. The Miscellaneous Series contains an assortment of items from 1873-1940 including Lofton family photographs and other materials. Included are items pertaining to Baptist minister George Law Stewart and Dr. Adiel Sherwood.

Biographical / historical:
Date Event
1839, Dec. 25
Born, Panola County, Miss.
1861 - 1865
Served in the Confederate States of America, 9th Georgia Battalion Artillery
1865- 1867
Principal, Wade Academy, Webster County, Ga.
1867- 1868
Admitted to bar; practiced at Americus, Ga.
1868- 1869
Ordained Baptist minister; pastor of several country churches in Georgia
1870- 1872
Pastor, Dalton, Ga.
A.M., Mercer University, Ga.
Pastor, First Church, Memphis, Tenn.
President, Southern Baptist Publishing Society
Pastor, Third Church, St. Louis, Mo.
D.D., Baylor University (Tex.)
Pastor, Talladega, Ala.
Pastor, Central Church, Nashville, Tenn.
President, State Board Missions, Tenn.
Authored Character Sketches
Moderator, Nashville Association of Baptist Churches
Authored Harp of Life
Authored Baptist Reformation, 1611-1641, A.D.
LL.D., University of Nashville
Authored The Master Wheel
1914, Dec.11
Acquisition information:
The George Augustus Lofton Papers (1874-1941) were purchased by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library in 1989.
Processing information:

Processed by: John Gribble; Assisted by: Alex Byrd, Brent Johanson, Rachel Pottinger

Completed November 15, 1993

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller

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Sermons -- Baptist
Baptists -- Clergy
Capital punishment -- Southern States
Slavery -- United States -- Emancipation
Authors, American -- Southern States
Mission -- Sermons
Lofton, George Augustus, 1839-1914
Stewart, George L.
Sherwood, Adiel, 1791-1879


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