1788-1866
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September 12, 1788, Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

March 4, 1866, Bethany, West Virginia.

Campbell Cemetery, Bethany, West Virginia.

Campbell studied a year at the University of Glasgow, then emigrated to America, where he was ordained a minister and joined his father, Thomas Campbell, as a leader of a reform effort that is historically known as the Restoration Movement, and by some as the Stone-Campbell Movement. It resulted in the development of non-denominational Christian churches. In 1832, the group of reformers led by the Campbells merged with a similar movement that began under the leadership of Barton W. Stone in Kentucky. Their congregations identified as Disciples of Christ or Christian churches. Several American church groups have historical roots in the Campbells’ efforts, including the Churches of Christ, the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, Evangelical Christian Church in Canada, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Alexander Campbell also founded Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia.

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