Joseph Waggoner

(1820-1889). Evangelist, editor, author. He attended school for only six months, but was indefatigable in private study. In 1851, when he first heard what became the Seventh-day Adventist teaching, he was joint editor and publisher of a political paper in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Formerly a Baptist, he became an Adventist in 1852 after a period of independent study. Immediately he began propagating his new faith through evangelism and through writing for the church paper. He wrote several doctrinal books: The Law of God: Testimony of Both Testaments (1854), The Nature and Tendency of Modern Spiritualism (1857), and The Kingdom of God: A Refutation of the Age-to-Come (1859), all dealing with prominent problems of the day. After his ordination he traveled extensively throughout the United States....

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