Reverend Finis W. Ewing

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Finis W. Ewing, Rev.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bedford, Bedford, Virginia
Death: Died in Lexington, Lafayette, Missouri, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Gen. Robert Ewing and Mary May Ewing
Husband of Peggy Lee Davidson
Father of Gov. William Lee D. Ewing, US Senator; Pamela Jane Read; Washington Perry Ewing; Ephraim Brevard Ewing; Robert Chatham Donnell Ewing, Hon. and 9 others
Brother of John Ewing; Martha Betty Mills; Baker Ewing; Gen. Robert Ewing; Young Ewing and 1 other

Occupation: Reverend; primary founder of the Cumberland Presbyterian Denomination
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About Reverend 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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Reverend Finis W. Ewing's Timeline

1773
July 10, 1773
Bedford, Bedford, Virginia
1794
August 23, 1794
Age 21
1795
August 31, 1795
Age 22
Paris, Bourbon, KY, USA
1798
June 15, 1798
Age 24
Logan County, Kentucky, United States
1800
September 15, 1800
Age 27
Kentucky, United States
September 15, 1800
Age 27
Kentucky, United States
1803
September 9, 1803
Age 30
Kentucky, United States
1805
June 25, 1805
Age 31
Logan County, Kentucky, United States
1807
July 28, 1807
Age 34
Todd County, Kentucky, United States