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JETER, Jeremiah Bell, clergyman, born in Bedford county. Va., 18 July, 1802; died in Richmond, Virginia, 25 February, 1880. He began to preach in 1822, and for four years travelled through Virginia as a missionary exhorter. He was ordained as a Baptist minister on 4 May, 1824, and became pastor of two churches in Campbell county in 1826. He held various pastorates till 1835, when he took charge of the 1st Baptist church in Richmond, Virginia, with which he remained connected for nearly fourteen years. In 1849 he accepted a pastorate in St. Louis, but in 1852 returned to Richmond, and became pastor of the Grace street church. After the division of the denomination, he presided over the southern Baptist conventions for several years. He was for some time president of Richmond college, and held the offices of president of the Southern foreign missionary board, and president of the trustees of the Baptist theological seminary at Louisville, Ky. At the instance of the board of missions he visited Italy to supervise the missionary work in that country, and to provide a chapel in Rome. About the close of the civil war he became editor of the "Religious Herald," published in Richmond. He was distinguished as a preacher and controversialist, and successful as an author. Among his published works are a "Life of Mrs. Henrietta Shuck, the first American Female Missionary to China; "Memoir of the Reverend Andrew Broaddus" (1850); "Campbellism Examined" (New York, 1854); "Campbellism Re-Examined"; "The Christian Mirror, or a Delineation of Seventeen Classes of Christians" (Charleston, 1856); "The Seal of Heaven" (New York. 1871); "The Life of the Reverend Daniel Witt"; and "Recollections of a Long Life." With the Reverend Richard Fuller he compiled "The Psalmist," a book of hymns that came into general use in the Baptist congregations of the United States, and was introduced in British North America and in England. See "The Life of the Reverend Dr. J. B. Jeter," by the Reverend William E. Hatcher (Baltimore).
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