Briggs, Tc

Briggs, T.C.

a Baptist minister, was born in Vermont, March 19, 1813. When but two years of age he lost his father. His taste for books early developed itself, and he gave promise of his future usefulness. He became a Christian when he was seventeen years of age, and joined, the Methodist Episcopal Church. During the next ten or twelve years he attended school, and taught and preached. Having gone through a course of study at the Delaware College, he went to Kentucky, where he was ordained by bishop Andrews. In 1850 he became pastor of the Baptist Church at Newton, where he remained two years, and afterwards at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, for three years. His next pastorate, which was of four years duration, was at Barrington Centre, Illinois. From this place he removed to Orlando, Indiana where he remained ten years, and then to Chickasaw, Iowa, where he remained until his death, preaching a part of the time at Fredericksburg, and a part of the time at Jacksonville. While the civil war was in progress, Mr. Briggs was outspoken in his anti-slavery sentiments, and lectured on the subject, and circulated a small work which he wrote, entitled, An Exposition of the Constitution of the United States. He died at Chickasaw, January 24, 1880. See Chicago Standard, February 12, 1880. (J.C.S.)

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