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HOPSON, Winthrop Hartly, clergyman, born in Christian county, Kentucky, 26 April, 1823. He removed with his parents to Missouri in childhood, was graduated at the state university in 1841, and entered the ministry of the Christian church. He received the degree of M. D. from McDowell college, St. Louis, in 1843, and practised his profession for six years, not ceasing in the mean time from his ministerial work. His ministrations were usually protracted for weeks at an appointment, preaching twice daily. Great success attended these labors, and he made thousands of converts. He gave much attention to the founding and nurturing of schools and colleges, and was mainly instrumental in building up a flourishing female academy at Palmyra. In 1860 he accepted a call to the pastoral charge of the Main street church, Lexington, Kentucky, where he preached for over two years. During the civil war Dr. Hopson's sympathies were with the south. After the Bragg and Buell campaign" and the Morgan raids in Kentucky in 1862, he was seized by the military authorities, east. into prison at Lexington, and soon afterward removed to Johnson's island. By the ruse of some friends, but unknown to Dr. Hopson, his name was placed on a list of prisoners for exchange, as chaplain of a command in the Confederate army. He was sent through the lines, and in June, 1863, made his way to Richmond, Virginia, and shortly afterward settled at Bowling Green, where he preached for a year. After the war he was called to the church in Richmond, Virginia, where he continued for over three years, and then accepted a call to the 1st Christian church, Louisville, Kentucky, with which he spent the next, six years. He returned to Missouri in 1874, and remained a year in charge of the church there; after which he became president of Christian university, Canton, Missouri, serving successfully in this office until 1877, when he was prostrated by disease, which compelled his retirement.
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