Connor, Wilson

Connor, Wilson a Baptist minister: was born in Marlborough. District, S.C., July 7, 1768. In his early manhood he was a Methodist preacher, but was baptized at Cheraw, and ordained as a Baptist in Effingham County, Georgia, in 1803. Having fallen into a backslidden state, he retired from the active duties of the, ministry for a long time. For eighteen years he was justice of the inferior court in Montgomery County, and also a member of the legislature. He was at last brought back to his religious experience, and once more became a preacher of the Gospel, In his latter days his ministry was signally blessed. He was also an earnest advocate of temperance and other good causes. As an evangelist he made the whole state of Georgia his mission field, traveling more than thirty-five thousand miles in thirteen years. For some time he held official connection with the Georgia Baptist Convention as its missionary. He was also actively engaged, for a time, as the financial agent of Mercer University, in collecting funds for that institution. Having preached a most solemn discourse in Telfair County, in the summer of 1844, he sat down and expired instantly. His personal appearance and address were striking. His voice is said to have been extraordinary, resembling the rumbling of distant thunder. See Haynes, Bapt. Cyclop. 1:167. (J.C.S.)

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