Bower, Jacob

Bower, Jacob a Baptist minister, was born in Lancaster County, Pa., Sept. 26, 1786. He was converted in 1812; licensed in October, 1816; and ordained in Logan County, Ky., Feb. 27, 1819 the only books he then had being a German Testament, the English Bible, and a hymn-book. For nearly ten years he served churches in Kentucky, and enjoyed many revivals. In 1828 he removed to Scott County, Ill., and became pastor of the Church at Winchester — a strong anti-missionary Church from which he was dismissed on account of his interest in mission-work, and was sent by the Home Mission Society to preach in several counties in Illinois. He was a great sufferer for many years from a disease resembling elephantiasis, and died April 26, 1874. See: Min. of Ill. Anniv., 1874, p. 15, 16. (J. C. S.)

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