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the Lord prospered him in building up the largest congregation in
the State among those of his faith, besides building them the finest
brick edifice as a place for the w< irship of God in that section of the
State. During these fifteen years he became knoAvn as the leading
minister of his church in the United States. Not only in Kentucky-
has he been instrumental in organizing and building both congrega¬
tions and meeting houses, but he w7as unanimously chosen the gen¬
eral evangelist of the United States, which position he held for a
number of years besides assisting in the educational work of his
He A7ery recently purchased the large spacious college property
at New Castle, Ky., which originally cost $18,000, exclusive of the
grounds, and at once began the task of paydng for it. The school is
in operation with a corps of teachers, and has a bright future before
it. He is still one of the trustees, and the financial agent of AA7hat
is now km mm as the "Christian Bible College," at NeAV Castle. Some
idea can lie giA7en of this man of push and iron neiwe and bold under¬
takings by giving a passage in his life: When the Big Sandy7 Rail
read Avas under contract to be completed from Mt. Sterling to Rich¬
mond, Va., the contractors refused to hire colored men to \vork on
it, preferring Irish labor. He at once made a bid for sections 3 and
4 and av:is successful in his bid ; he then erected a large commissary7
and quarters for his men, bought seveiity7-fiA7e head of mules and
horses, carts, wagons, cans and all the necessary7 implements and
tools, and Avith one hundred and fifty7 colored men he led the Avay7.
In f(>urteen m< mths he completed the two miles of the most difficult
part of this great trunk line at a cost of about $75,000.
The President of the road, Mr. C. P Huntington, said he had
built thousands of miles of road, but he never saw a contractor who
finished his contract in advance, and so he then was requested by7
the chief engineer of the Avorks to move his force to another county7
and help out some of the Avhite contractors. This he did not do.
Afterwards he Avas oii'ered other important contracts, but declined.
A syndicate in Nebraska offered him the position of superintendent
of their coal mines, but knowing- it Avould take him away from his
chosen calling, he declined the offer. For a number of years he was
editor of "Our Colored Brethren," a department in the Cliristian
Standard, a newspaper published as the organ of his denomination at
Cincinnati, Ohio, with a circulation of 50,000 copies a w7eek. He has
written for many books and periodicals. He is a member of both