Backus, Isaac, 1724-1806

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Birth 1724-01-09
Death 1806-11-20

Biographical notes:

Baptist minister and historian.

From the description of Papers, 1719-1806 / [Isaac Backus, et al.]. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 19916926

New Light minister; converted to Baptist principles; organized Baptist Church in Middleborough, Massachusetts.

From the description of Papers, 1717-1835. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122348788

Baptist clergyman, historian, and champion of religious liberty.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1774-1830]. (Brown University). WorldCat record id: 122639453

Separatist and Baptist minister and historian.

From the description of Papers, 1660-1806. (Andover Newton Theological School). WorldCat record id: 12205359

Isaac Backus (1724-1806) was a Separatist and Baptist minister and an historian.

From the description of Papers, 1752-1804. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191259131

Isaac Backus was an influential Baptist minister in 18th century New England.

From the description of Extracts from A history of New England : from the year 1620 to 1680. By William Hubbard. : holograph manuscript, 1774 / written by Isaac Backus. (Wake Forest University - ZSR Library). WorldCat record id: 33140532

Pastor, evangelist.

Isaac Backus was an American clergyman, a leader among New England Baptists and a champion of religious freedom. He was born in 1724 in Norwich, Connecticut. Backus was converted in the Great Awakening, and joined the separatists or "New Light" faction. He became pastor in 1748 of a Congregational church in Middleboro, Massachusetts. After his adherence to the Baptist faith, he organized and became minister of a Baptist church there, which he served from 1756 until his death.

According to his calculations, Backus traveled over 68,000 miles on his evangelistic tours, mostly on horseback. His History of New England with Particular Reference to the Baptists, is a major source for the religious history of the region and the period.

From the description of Papers, 17?? (Florida State University). WorldCat record id: 50671233


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