John Corliss

(1845-1923). Evangelist, missionary. Left fatherless at 5, young Corliss developed an independent mind that later helped him in his pioneering work. At 16 he became a sailor and saw service in the Civil War. In 1866 he became a Freewill Baptist and in 1868 a Seventh-day Adventist, having lived with the James Whites for some time, and having been tutored in SDA beliefs by Joseph Bates. In 1868 he became superintendent and chaplain of the Western Health Reform Institute at Battle Creek, Michigan. He engaged in public evangelism in Michigan (1871-1875, 1881-1883) and in Maine (1875). He pioneered SDA work in Virginia (1876 and 1877), in Colorado (1879), and in California (1884). With S. N. Haskell and others he pioneered SDA work in Australia (1885-1887). Against considerable opposition, his ...

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

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