Bachelor, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, 1936. Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, 1938. Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Baptist Seminary, 1943.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), Baylor University. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Furman University. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), University Richmond.
Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Stetson University. Doctor of Letters, Georgetown College.
Pastor, Broadway Baptist Church, Louisville president New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1943-1946; executive secretary, Southern Baptist Executive Committee, Nashville, 1946-1951; president, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, 1951-1982; chancellor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1982-1992. President Baptist World Alliance, Washington, 1980-1985. Chairman, Board Of Directors Covenant Life Insurance Company, 1989-1990.
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Married Marguerite Mullinnix, September 1, 1936 (deceased 1983). Children: Duke, Douglas H., John Richard, Michael W. Married Winona Gatton McCandless, February 2, 1984.