Joshua Himes

(1805-1895). The great publicist, promoter, and organizer of the Millerite movement, and in many ways its leading figure. He was born in Rhode Island and went to New Bedford, Massachusetts, to learn a trade. In 1825 he entered the ministry in the Massachusetts Christian Conference. He fought the liquor traffic energetically and was an assistant to William Lloyd Garrison in a battle against slavery. His Chardon Street Chapel in Boston became the headquarters for all kinds of reform meetings. In November 1839 Himes invited William Miller to hold a series of meetings in his church. Himes became convinced of the general points of Miller’s teaching and felt a burden to get the new doctrine before the people. He asked Miller why he had not gone to the large cities. Miller responded that he wen...

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