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Clergyman , college president

Charles Grandison Finney, American clergyman, college president.

Background

Finney, Charles Grandison was born on August 29, 1792 in Warren, Connecticut, United States. Son of Sylvester and Rebecca (Rice) Finney.

Education

Attended Hamilton Oneida Academy, Clinton, New York, 2 years. Studied law privately.

Career

Entered law office of Benjamin Wright, Adous, New York, 1818. Admitted to New York bar. Study of Bible resulted in his conversion.

Candidate for ministry, St. Lawrence Presbytery, 1823. Licensed to preach, 1824. Conducted revivals in Middle and Eastern states.

Pastor Second Free Presbyterian Church, New York, 1832-1837. Withdrew from Presbyterian Church, 1836, became Congregationalist. Established theology department Oberlin (O.) College, 1835, president, 1851-1866.

Pastor First Congressional Church, Oberlin, 1835-1872. Regular contributor to Oberlin Evangelist. Emphasized individual’s ability to repent, also taught that sin and holiness cannot co-exist in a person.

Strong advocate of temperance. Author: Lectures on Systematic Theology, 1846, 47. Sermons on Gospel Themes, 1876.

Sermons on the Way of Salvation, 1891 (both published posthumously).

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Lectures on Systematic Theology, 1846, 47. Sermons on Gospel Themes, 1876. Sermons on the Way of Salvation, 1891 (both published posthumously).

Connections

Married Lydia Andrews, July 1824. Married second, Mistress.; married 3d, Rebecca Allya Rayl.

father:
Sylvester Finney

mother:
Rebecca (Rice) Finney

spouses:
Lydia Andrews

Mistress

Rebecca Allya Rayl.