Abram La Rue

(1822-1903). Pioneer self-supporting lay missionary in eastern Asia. Born in New Jersey, he spent his early manhood in California and Idaho, where he amassed and lost a considerable fortune in gold mining. He spent some time in the Hawaiian Islands, returned to California, and there, while working as a sheepherder, he accepted the Seventh-day Adventist faith. Immediately the new convert requested a mission appointment to China. The General Conference declined because of his advanced age and advised that he go to one of the Pacific islands. After spending a term in Healdsburg College, he worked his way to Honolulu, arriving in 1883 or 1884 with another colporteur, and sold books in the city and on the ships in port, with the result that W. M. Healey was sent in 1885 to establish Adventist w...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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