Knowles, James Davis

Knowles, James Davis, a Baptist minister, was born in Providence, R.I., July, 1798. He learned the printing business, and in 1819 became co-editor of the Rhode Island American. Having joined the Baptist Church in March, 1820, he was in the fall following licensed to preach. Shortly after he entered the sophomore class of Columbian College, Washington, D. C., graduated il 1824, and was immediately appointed one of the tutors of the college, which position he held until called as pastor to the Second Baptist Church of Boston, where he was ordained Dec. 28, 1825. In 1832 impaired health obliged him to resign his pastoral charge, and he became professor of pastoral duties and sacred rhetoric in the Newton Theological Institution, acting at the same time for over two years as editor of the Christian Review, a Baptist quarterly. He died May 9,1838. Mr. Knowles published a number of occasional Sermons, Addresses, etc.; Memoir of Mrs. Ann H. Judson, late Missionary to Burmah (1829); and Memoir of Roger Williams, the Founder of the State of Rhode Island (Boston, 1834).-Sprague, Annals, 6:707; Appleton, New American Cyclopedia, 10:192.

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