McGlothlin, William Joseph (1867-1933)

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William Joseph McGlothlin (1867-1933), an outstanding American Baptist church historian, was born in Sumner County, Tennessee, served as professor of church history in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and from 1919 until his death as president of Furman University. In addition to his studies on the history of the Baptists in the United States his research extended to the Anabaptists of the 16th century. One of the fruits of this work was his doctoral dissertation (University of Berlin) on the origins of the Anabaptist movement in Bern, Switzerland. He found an abundance of material in the archives of Strasbourg, Basel, Bern, Zurich, and St. Gall, and in the research done by Ernst Müller, who had been the first to use this material in his book Geschichte der bernischen Täufer, and was able to add to the information in this book. The last two chapters of McGlothin's work were published as his thesis under the title, Die Berner Täufer bis 1532. Under the same title the entire work was published in 1906. He also wrote articles on the 16th-century Anabaptists for Hastings' Dictionary of Religion and Ethics. In 1915 he published the book Infant Baptism in History. He died on 28 May 1933 as the result of an automobile accident.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 64.

Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1957

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