Frederick Wheeler

(1811-1910). Pioneer Adventist minister, reputed to be the first ordained Adventist minister to preach in favor of the seventh-day Sabbath. Not much is known of his early life or experience, except that about 1840 he was an ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church and became its circuit rider in the vicinity of Washington and Hillsboro in New Hampshire. In 1842 he became acquainted with the Millerite views and thereafter was active in the propagation of the Adventist views. As he later reported, he became convinced that the seventh-day Sabbath was sacred through personal study he had undertaken some time in March 1844, after a discussion with Mrs. Rachel Oakes (later Preston), a Seventh Day Baptist of Washington, New Hampshire. He preached and farmed in the neighborhood of his h...

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

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