October 3, 1828, Dorchester, Massachusetts.

April 15, 1912, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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