William Farnsworth

(1807-1888). Reputed to be “the first Seventh-day Adventist,” that is, the first of the Adventists who kept the seventh-day Sabbath. He accepted the Adventist (Millerite) doctrine about 1840 and in 1844 declared himself a Sabbathkeeper, among the first of a small group from among the members of the Washington, New Hampshire, Christian Church who became the first Adventists to observe the seventh day as the Sabbath ( see Washington, New Hampshire, church ).

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

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