William Thurston

(1855-1924). Missionary, administrator. Converted at 25, he entered the ministry in 1890, served as president of the Wisconsin Sabbath School Association and secretary of the conference colporteur work. In 1894 he went to Brazil as a self-supporting missionary and opened a book depository in Rio de Janeiro. Seven years later he returned to the United States and served as vice president of the Lake Union Conference, and then as first president of the Canadian Union Conference (1902-1909). Later he was president of the Kansas Conference (1909-1910), and of the Wisconsin Conference (1910-1915). In 1915 he was called to work in the Upper Columbia Conference.

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

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