Walter Harper

(1854-1937). Pioneer colporteur. He became a Seventh-day Adventist in 1879 and began selling SDA publications in 1881 in California. At that time he sold Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine , by J. H. Kellogg, reportedly the first subscription book handled by SDA colporteurs. Later he handled Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation and other large subscription books as they were prepared. Through the 1880s he worked on the Pacific Coast, delivering in his banner year 3,000 large books. Later he worked in all states west of the Mississippi River. It has been estimated that during the more than 50 years of his work as a colporteur he sold and delivered more than $100,000 worth of SDA books. Ellen White addressed personal communications to him encouraging him in his work.

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

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