Boardman, George Dana, Am
Boardman, George Dana, A.M., an American Baptist missionary, called "the apostle of the Karens," was born at Livermore, Maine, where his father was pastor of a Baptist church, Feb. 8, 1801. He studied at Waterville College, where he was converted in 1820. His attention while in college was strongly turned to the work of foreign missions, and he offered himself to the Baptist Board in April, 1823, and was accepted. After a period spent in study at Andover, he was ordained, and sailed from Philadelphia for Calcutta, July 16, 1825. After some time spent in Calcutta, on account of the war in Burmah, he reached his destined port, Maulmain, in 1827. In 1828 he was chosen to found a new station at Tavoy, and in three years he gathered a Christian Church of nearly 100 converted Karens. He died Feb. 11, 1831. On his tombstone at Tavoy are these words: "Ask in the Christian villages of yonder mountains, Who taught you to abandon the worship of demons ? Who raised you from vice to morality ? Who brought you your Bibles, your Sabbaths, and your words of prayer? LET THE REPLY BE HIS EULOGY. "-King, Memoir of Boardman (Boston, 1836, 12mo); Sprague, Annals, 6:733.