Charles Gordon Ames

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Charles Gordon Ames

Charles Gordon Ames (3 October 1828, Dorchester, Massachusetts - 15 April 1912) was a United States Unitarian clergyman, editor and lecturer.


He was a foundling, adopted by his parents when he was three years old.[1] He graduated from the Geauga Seminary of Ohio, and was ordained in 1849 as a Free Will Baptist, and became the founding minister for a church of that sect in Minneapolis in 1851. He was secretary of the founding meeting of the Minnesota branch of the Republican Party in 1854, and from 1855 to 1857 edited the Minnesota Republican,[1] the first Republican paper in the Northwest. He found his congregation wanting in the faith and attitude he expected, and after five years he left the Minneapolis church, and, for a time, the ministry.[1]

He settled in Boston in 1859,[1] became a Unitarian, and later succeeded James Freeman Clarke as pastor of the Church of the Disciples there. He edited the Christian Register of Boston from 1877 to 1880.

In 1863, he married activist Fanny Baker Ames. This was his second marriage: in 1850 he had married Sarah Jane Daniels.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e Charles Graves (1936). "Ames, Charles Gordon". Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 


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