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BAILEY, Gilbert Stephen, clergyman, born in Dalton, Pennsylvania, 17 October 1822. He was educated at Oberlin, and, after studying theology, became a Baptist clergyman, holding" pastorates in various places in New York and Illinois till 1863, when he was made superintendent of the Baptist missions in Illinois, and from 1867 till 1875 was secretary of the Baptist Theological Union in Chicago. The system of " minister's institutes," now prevalent in the Baptist denomination, was originated by him in 1864, and they were subsequently conducted by him in Chicago, Upper Alton, and Bloomingdale, Illinois He resumed his preaching and had charge of Churches in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Iowa, was a secretary of the Italian Bible and Sunday-school mission in 1880-'1, and missionary in southern California in 1885-'6. Besides numerous tracts and uncollected poems, he has published a "History of the Illinois River Baptist Association" (New York, 1857); " Caverns of Kentucky" (Chicago, 1863); "Manual of Baptism" (Philadelphia, 1863); "The Trials and Victories of Religious Liberty in America" (1876) ; "Three Discourses on the History, Wonders, and Excellence of the Bible" (Ottumwa, 1882) ; "The Word and Works of God" (Philadelphia, 1883) ; "Prize Discourse on Slander" (Washington, 1884); and " Ingersollism Exposed" (Ottumwa, 1884).
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