George King

(1847-1906). Pioneer canvasser who developed the idea of subscription sale of Seventh-day Adventist books. A native of Canada, he came to the United States as a young man in search of fortune. Having accepted SDA beliefs, he desired to preach, but was discouraged by James White, who did not regard him a promising candidate. Eventually a Seventh-day Adventist layperson, “Uncle Richard” Godsmark, advised him to try selling SDA tracts and magazines. This he did with much success in both the United States and Canada. In 1878 and 1879 he was selling books and subscriptions to Good Health and Signs of the Times in Ontario ( Review and Herald 53:54, Feb. 13, 1879). According to the recollection of C. F. Wilcox, another pioneer colporteur, King and he sold J. H. Kellogg’s Home Hand-Book of D...

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

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