Waller, John Lightfoot, Lld
Waller, John Lightfoot, LL.D.
a Baptist minister, was born in Woodford County, Ky., Nov. 23, 1809. His early education was limited, yet he studied privately so diligently as to qualify himself for teaching school for several years, until, in 1835, he accepted the editorship of the Baptist Banner, a small semi-monthly sheet published at Shelbyville, Ky., in which occupation he continued to be engaged with great success until 1841. In 1840 he was ordained to the Christian ministry, and, after relinquishing his editorial position became general agent of the General Association of Kentucky Baptists, preaching in the meantime whenever he found an opportunity, sometimes as often as six times a week. In 1843 he succeeded his father, Rev. Edmund Waller, as pastor of Glenn's Creek Church. In 1849 he was elected a member of the convention called "to readopt, amend, or abolish the Constitution of the State." In 1850 he resumed the editorial management of the Banner and Pioneer (now styled the Western Recorder), and in April, 1852, the Bible Revision Association having been organized at Memphis, Tenn., he was elected president of the association, and held that office until his death. He died Oct. 10, 1854. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 6, 837.