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PENDLETON, James Madison, clergyman, born in Spottsylvania county, Virginia, 20 November, 1811. He received his classical education at Christian county seminary, Hopkinsville, Kentucky On his ordination to the ministry he became, in 1837, pastor of the Baptist church at Bowling Green, where he continued for twenty years. In 1857 he was elected professor of theology in Union university, Murfreesborough, Tennessee Previous to the civil war he had been known as an opponent of slavery, and in 1862 he removed to the north. After a short residence in Ohio, he was called in 1865 to the pastorate of the Baptist church in Upland, Pennsylvania, where he remained till 1883. Denison university, Ohio, gave him the degree of D. D. in 1865. He is the author of" Three Reasons why I am a Baptist" (Cincinnati, 1853), which has gone through many editions and has been translated into Welsh; "Sermons" (Nashville, Tennessee, 1859) ; " Church Manual" (Philadelphia, 1868); "Christian Doctrines" (1878) ; "Distinctive Principles of Baptists" (1881); "Brief Notes on the New Testament," with Reverend George W. Clark, D. D. (1884) ; and "Atonement of Christ" (1885).
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