Robert Kilgore

(1839-1912). Evangelist, administrator. Returning home from an army captaincy in 1865, he found his parents observing the seventh-day Sabbath, and soon joined them. Three years later he joined the evangelistic team of G. I. Butler and M. E. Cornell as tentmaster. Shortly afterward James White ordained him. After working in the Eastern states for a time, he was sent by the General Conference in 1877 to Texas. A year or two later A. G. Daniells worked with him as his tentmaster. Within two years 200 persons had been won, and in 1878 Kilgore became the first president of the Texas Conference. He was at different times president of the Illinois Conference, superintendent of General Conference District No. 2 and District No. 5; for one year he was president of the Southern Union Conference, and...

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