Burrow, Reuben, Dd

Burrow, Reuben, D.D.

a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, was born in Guilford County, N. C., in 1798. In 1806 his father removed to Tennessee. The Elk Presbytery received him as a candidate for the ministry at Mars Hill, Giles Co., in 1821. The following year he was sent as a missionary to Missouri, in which state, in 1823, he was licensed. That year he formed a circuit along White River, Ark., where he preached for-some time. Subsequently he went to St. Michael, Mo. Returning to Tennessee he labored for twelve months on a circuit which extended through Giles, Maury, Bedford, and Lincoln counties. He was ordained at Shiloh, Tenn., April 24, 1824. In 1826 he was appointed by the synod as an agent to the Carolinas for the collection of funds to establish a college. In 1827 he returned home and surrendered his agency. The following year he resided near Pulaski, Giles Co. In 1831 he was sent as a missionary, in company with Robert Donnell, through East Tennessee, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania; in 1834 he spent about five months preaching in Missouri. He was again in North Carolina in 1847; after that he labored mostly in Tennessee and Mississippi until 1852, when he was appointed professor of Systematic Theology in Bethel College, at McLemoresville, Tenn., taking charge of the congregation ins that place, and remaining there until 1864. He died in Shelby County, Tenn., May 13, 1868. His eldest son, Rev. Aaron Burrow, died during the civil war. In 1845 Dr. Burrow published a small volume on baptism. He was an extensive contributor to the Theological Medium; wrote largely on doctrinal subjects, especially on sanctification. On three occasions he was moderator of the General Assembly in 1836, 1840, and 1850. - He was regarded as one of the strongest men in the pulpit that his Church ever produced. On the vexed question of baptism he had several public discussions with Baptist ministers in Tennessee and Mississippi. See Beard, Biographical Sketches, 2d series, p. 240..

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