1828–1912

October 3, 1828, Dorchester, Massachusetts.

April 15, 1912, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Ames married twice, to Sarah Jane Daniels and Julia Frances Baker.

At age 12, Ames joined a group called the Free Will Bap­tists. In 1852, he moved with his wife to St. An­tho­ny Falls, Min­ne­so­ta Territory (now Min­ne­a­po­lis) to organize a Free Will Bap­tist church there.

Ames edited the first Re­pub­lican newspaper in Min­ne­so­ta, and championed the causes of temperance and abolition. He eventually moved to the Un­i­tar­i­an denomination, serving in Bloom­ing­ton, Il­li­nois; Cinc­in­na­ti, Ohio; Al­bany, New York; and organizing congregations in several Cal­i­for­nia locations.

At the end of his career, he worked in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia, and Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts, ending with 24 years at the Church of the Dis­ci­ples in Bo­ston. His works include:

  1. Father in Heaven, Hear Us Today
  2. How Do the Rivulets Find Their Way?
  3. Lo the Day of God Is Breaking
  4. O Beauteous Things of Earth
  5. Since Eden, It Keeps the Secret
  6. Ship May Sink, The
  7. With Loving Hearts and Hands We Rear