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Term: Adventists in Wisconsin

Definition: Adventism is a general term referring to the belief in the second coming of Christ, the so-called Millennial Kingdom.Wisconsin has had three different Adventist groups throughout its history, the most dominant of which has been the Seventh-day Adventist Church.† Elder H.S. Case brought the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine to Wisconsin in 1851 and the first groups organized at Beloit and Hebron. Converted Baptist J.H. Waggoner and Waterman Phelps began ministries in southern Wisconsin. Waggoner succeeded in coverting J.M. Stephenson and D.P. Hall who subsequently evoked the fury of the Church's leadership by expounding divergent views of the prophecy in the 1850s. Fearing havoc, the leadership sent churchmen from Michigan to strengthen the church† in Wisconsin, diminishing the long-term effect of the strife.† Camp meetings and tent evangelism were the main means of spreading the doctrine, the first of which was held at Johnson Creek.† Believer homes provided temporary accomodations for Adventists who were often on the road for several days to attend camp meetings. Norwegians in Jefferson County were the first practicing immigrant Adventist group in the state, organized in 1861 by Phelps. John G. Matteson of Wisconsin, known in the religious community as "The Apostle Paul of the Adventists," was successful in building churches among rural Scandinavians.† The growing number of Scandinavian Adventists created the need for a foreign language press which became a serious part of the long-term efforts of the Church. Around 1900, the Church organized a mission among the Oneidas in Outagamie County that included a missionn school.† Itinerants extended their journeys throughout the state and Adventist communities grew up around lumber and mining operations. Adventist doctrine was slow to enter urban settings and the church focused its efforts on the more responsive rural districts. The Seventh-day Adventists grew most rapidly between 1890 and 1906, and at its peak, were most heavily represented in Wood, Milwaukee, and Vernon counties. The smaller Advent Christian Church was strongest in Jefferson and Door counties.

[Source: Wisconsin's Cultural Resources Study Units, Wisconsin Historical Society]

93 records found

Abbot, Edwin Hale 1834 - 1927
Abert, George 1817 - 1890
Abimiek
Abraham, Harvey R. 1895
Abraham, Henry William 1866 - 1920
Abrahams, Jim 1944 -
Abrahamson, Shirley S. 1933
Abrahamson, Theodore 1900
Adams, Charles Kendall 1835 - 1902
Adams, Henry Cullen 1850 - 1906
Adams, Thomas Sewall 1873 - 1933
Adams, William 1813 - 1897
Adelman, Lynn S. 1939 -
Adler, David 1821 - 1905
Adler, Solomon 1816 - 1890
Adventists in Wisconsin
Ager, Waldemar Theodor 1869 - 1941
Aikens, Andrew Jackson 1830 - 1909
Ainsworth, Ellen 1918 - 1944
Ainsworth, John H. 1940
Aionez
Akeley, Carl Ethan 1864 - 1926
Albee, George Sumner 1837 - 1898
Albers, Sheryl K. 1954
Alberts, John M. 1933
Albrecht, Max John Frederick 1861 - 1943
Alexander, Alexander Septimus 1860 - 1935
Alexander, Lewis Miller 1858 - 1934
Alexander, Walter 1849 - 1926
Alfonsi, Paul R. 1908
Algonquins
Alimiwec
Allen, Carolyn Blanchard 1921
Allen, Charles Herman(?) 1828 - 1904
Allen, Col. Thomas S. (1825-1905)
Allen, Hiram Storrs 1806 - 1886
Allen, William 1825 - 1883
Allen, William Francis 1830 - 1889
Allis, Charles 1853 - 1918
Allis, Edward Phelps 1824 - 1889
Allis, Louis 1866 - 1950
Allouez, Claude Jean 1622 - 1689
Ameche, Don 1908 - 1993
Ameringer, Oscar 1870 - 1943
Ames, Jesse Hazen 1875 - 1957
Ames, Merlin Mcmain 1879 - 1950
Amikouets
Andastoeronnons
Andatahouats
Anderson, Canute 1830 - 1893
Anderson, Gerald K. 1921
Anderson, John 1872 - 1929
Anderson, Lyman F. 1926
Anderson, Norman C. 1928
Anderson, Rasmus Born 1846 - 1936
Anderson, Thomas Carl 1865 - 1948
Anderson, Wendell Abraham 1840 - 1929
Andrea, Joseph F. 1927
Andrews, Frank Edmund 1874 - 1947
Andrews, Roy Chapman (1884 - 1960)
Angelo, Thomas St. 1889
Anishinabe
Anneke, Fritz 1818 - 1872
Anneke, Mathilde Franziska (Giesler) 1817 - 1884
Annieronnon
Ansley, John D.
Anson, Leonard Niles 1848 - 1927
Antaramian, John M. 1954
Antes, Robert Manning 1863 - 1949
Appleby, John Francis 1840 - 1917
Armitagi, William Edmond 1830 - 1873
Armour, Philip Danforth 1832 - 1901
Armsby, Henry Prentiss 1853 - 1921
Armstrong, Benjamin Green 1820 - 1900
Arndt, Charles C. P. , died 1842
Arndt, John Penn 1780 - 1861
Arnold, Alexander Ahab 1833 - 1915
Arnold, Jonathan Earle 1814 - 1869
Ashley, William Bliss 1811 - 1893
Ashum, David W. 1854 - 1927
Aspin, Leslie, 1938-1995.
AssenipoŽls
Assistagueronons
Astor, John Jacob , 1763-1848
Atkinson, Henry, 1782-1842
Atkinson, Percy C[Hristopherson] 1867 - 1941
Atkinson, William P. 1901
Atwood, David 1815 - 1889
Ausman, La Verne 1930
Austrians in Wisconsin
Aweatsiwaenr-rhonons
AyoŽs, Ayowois
Azim, Jr., James N. 1936

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