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Stephen A. Northrop

Stephen A. Northrop, the distinguished divine, was born in Granville, Ohio, April 7, 1852, a son of the Rev. W. R. Northrop, a Baptist clergyman.  When he was ten years old his parents removed to Michigan, where he received his preliminary education.

   When twenty years old he returned to Granville, taking a three years' classical course in Denison University, and then went to Colgate University, Hazilton, N. Y., w here he graduated with the degree of A.B. in 1876.  In the same year he entered the Rochester Theological Seminary, meanwhile supplying the pulpit of the First Baptist Church at Fenton, Mich., and in 1882 he went to the First Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, Ind.  In 1885 he was called to Cincinnati, and in 1896 came to Kansas City, and has ever since been the pastor of the First Baptist Church.  The congregation called him on the strength of his record alone.

     Dr. Northrop had the degree of A.M. conferred upon him by Hazilton College, and the degree of D.D. by Franklin College.

     Dr. Northrup is a splendid speaker, and has twice offered prayer at Republican National Conventions.  He has also been a tireless contributor to both secular and religious magazines, and his book, "A Cloud of Witnesses," is now in its fifth edition.

     He was married to Miss Celestine Joslin August 16, 1877, and they have one child, Laura May. 

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