Charles Gordon Ames
He was a foundling, adopted by his parents when he was three years old. 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, 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.
He settled in Boston in 1859, 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.
- Baynes, T.S.; Smith, W.R., eds. (1885). "Pennsylvania". Encyclopædia Britannica 18 (9th ed.). (with J. Peter Lesley)
- George Eliot's Two Marriages (1886)
- As Natural as Life (1894)
- Poems (1898)
- Sermons of Sunrise (1901)
- Five Points of Faith (1903)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Ames, Charles Gordon". Encyclopedia Americana.
- Edwin L. Wolff (April 2006). "Charles Gordon Ames, 1828-1912". Ames Family Historical Collection. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- A collection of sermons written by Charles Gordon Ames and collected by Ellen M. Shumway are in the Andover-Harvard Theological Library at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Letters to Clara Bancroft Beatley from Charles Gordon Ames are in the Andover-Harvard Theological Library at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Papers of Charles Gordon Ames form part of the Ames family historical collection, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.