Bishop James Osgood Andrew: The King Of Great Evil

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Bishop James Osgood Andrew was born in Wilkes County on May 3rd, 1794. His life connected to Methodism since his father became the first Georgian to enter the Methodist Ministry. He was licensed to preach by the South Carolina Conference in 1812. About twelve years later, he was appointed presiding elder of the Edisto district in South Carolina. From 1820 to 1832, he was elected delegate to the quadrennial General Conferences, and in 1832 he was chosen bishop. During his lifetime, he had published two books, Family Government (1846) and Miscellanies (1854). He retired in 1866. And he died in in Mobile, Alabama in 1871 and buried in Oxford. When James was born and served in churches, historically, it was period of time for churches to dealing different tensions and transitions , as Heitzenrater titled for this era. Up to the point when James…show more content…
Griffith and J. Davis. ‘great evil.’ In here, ‘great evil’ means ownership of slavery. Many of the published documents shows that Bishop Andrew had never bought or sold slave. However, as the General conference journal indicates, he got “connected with slavery by marriage.” In 1816, he got married to Ann Amelia MacFarlane. After 26 years of marriage, Ann died and bequeathed James a slave. Also, second wife, Leonora Greenwood, who got married together in 1844 was also a slave-holder. He had known that the women that he felt in love was a slave-holder, however, he did not expected that those decisions of marriages with lovers could be a trouble, since “thousands of the best men in the Church were slave-owners, and many of the preachers, itinerant and local, elders and deacons, were in the same

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