Himes, Joshua Vaughan

Himes, Joshua Vaughan

(1805–95) Protestant religious leader; born in North Kingstown, R.I. He worked as a cabinetmaker before joining the ministry of the Christian Church in 1827. In 1839 he fell under the spell of William Miller, who predicted the imminent Second Coming of Christ, and he became chief publicist for the Seventh Day Adventist movement. Disappointed by the failure of Miller's prophecy, Himes migrated westward. In 1876 he returned to the Episcopal Church, the faith of his parents, and took charge of Episcopal missions in South Dakota.
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