1828–1912

Introduction

Born: Oc­to­ber 3, 1828, Dor­ches­ter, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Died: Ap­ril 15, 1912, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: Lake­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Min­ne­a­po­lis, Min­ne­so­ta.

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Biography

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

At age 12, he 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 joined the Un­i­tar­i­ans, serv­ing in Bloom­ing­ton, Il­li­nois; Cinc­in­na­ti, Ohio; and 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.

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