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Clergyman , educator

Gideon Blackburn, American clergyman, educator.

Background

Blackburn, Gideon was born on August 27, 1772 in Augusta County, Virginia, United States. Son of Robert Blackburn.

Education

Attended Martin Academy, East Tennessee.

Career

Founded New Providence Church, East Tennessee, 1793. Became active in missionary work among Cherokee Indians, 1793. Obtained support of General Assembly for his work, 1803.

Founder, conductor school for Cherokee children, 1804-1810. President Harpeth Academy, 1810-1833. Pastor Presbyterian chs., Louisville, Versailles, Kentucky.

Fund raiser for Illinois College, 1833-1835. Raised funds for institution, 1836-1838, opened as Blackburn Theological Seminary, 1857, later Blackburn College.

Connections

Married Grizzel Blackburn, October 3, 1793.

father:
Robert Blackburn. Blackburn

spouse:
Grizzel Blackburn