John Newton Brown
John Newton Brown (
June 29, 1803– May 14, 1868), was an influential Baptistteacher, minister and publisher in the 19th century.
He was born in
New London, Connecticutand attended Madison College (now known as Colgate University) where he graduated at the head of his class in 1823. Ordained the following year, he spent many years traveling New England, serving as minster in Buffalo, New York, Malden, Massachusetts, and Exeter, New Hampshireas well as a teaching position at the Academical and Theological Institution of New Hampton, New Hampshirebefore ill health forced him to travel south where he took up a ministry in Lexington, Virginiain 1845.
In 1848 he became editorial secretary of the
American Baptist Publication Societyin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was editor of its publications the Christian Chronicleand National Baptist. It was under his tenure that a number of influential works of the day were published under his direction.
Brown was one of the authors of the
New Hampshire Confession of Faithin 1833, which was a more moderate expression of the more CalvinisticBaptist beliefs that existed at the time, and was widely accepted in the northern United States. His name has become the one most associated with this work.
Brown also authored a book of
poetry, "Emily and Other Poems," (1840) which was dedicated to a sister who had died young.
Brown died on May 14, 1868 in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown.
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