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Finney, Charles Grandison

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Author(s): Hambrick-Stowe, Charles E.
1. Early Life and Conversion Charles Grandison Finney (1792–1875), pre-Civil War American evangelist and father of modern revivalism (Revivals), was born in Warren, Connecticut, to Sylvester and Rebecca Rice Finney. Like many other New England farmers, the family migrated to New York State—to Oneida County in the Mohawk River Valley in 1794 and, when Charles was 16, north to Jefferson County. Educated in common schools and perhaps Hamilton-Oneida Academy in Clinton, he taught school in Henderson befo…