Finis W. Ewing (1773 - 1841) MP

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Birthplace: Bedford, Bedford, Virginia
Death: Died in Lexington, Lafayette, Missouri, United States
Occupation: Reverand
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Finis W. Ewing

Finis Ewing was the primary founder of the Cumberland Presbyterian Denomination on February 4, 1810.

Originally ordained by Transylvania Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1803, Ewing became one of the leading ministers in the Second Great Awakening or Great Revival that took place on the American frontier in the early 19th century. When Kentucky Synod turned against the revival movement and moved to discipline what it considered to be rebellious presbyteries, in 1805, Ewing found himself with the outcasts. The synod believed that it was protecting the integrity of the ministry by requiring a classical education prior to ordination. Frontier presbyteries protested that they had an immediate need for ministers and that frontier preachers could hardly be expected to attend Princeton Theological Seminary.

Between 1805 and 1810, the Presbyterian outcasts operated as the Council of Revival Ministers. They tended to their congregations as best they could while attempting to reconcile themselves with the Presbyterian Church (USA). By 1810, it was obvious that a reunion would not happen in the near future. Ewing, along with ministers Samuel McAdow and Samuel King, constituted an independent Cumberland Presbytery on February 4, 1810. Ewing, in particular, hoped that the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) one day would reunite.

Ewing was among several Protestant ministers who in 1831 helped to inspire the mobs that drove the Mormons from Jackson County, Missouri. He wrote in a local newspaper, "The Mormons are the common enemies of mankind and ought to be destroyed."

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Rev. Finis W. Ewing's Timeline

July 10, 1773
Bedford, Bedford, Virginia
January 12, 1793
Age 19
Davidson, Tennessee, United States
August 31, 1795
Age 22
Paris, Bourbon, KY, USA
Age 45
July 4, 1841
Age 67
Lexington, Lafayette, Missouri, United States