Alexander Cotton Caperton, D. D. was born in Jackson Co., Ala., Feb. 4, 1831. His early childhood was spent on a farm in Mississippi, whither his parents had removed. He received the rudiments of an education in the common schools of his neighborhood, and afterwards taught school to procure the means for entering Mississippi College, where he graduated in 1856. He then went to Rochester, N.Y., and in 1858 graduated in the theological seminary at that place. He returned home and accepted a professorship in Mississippi College. During the civil war he engaged in farming as a means of support for his family, but did not desist from preaching. At the close of the war he was chosen pastor of a church in Memphis. and was subsequently stationed at Mayfield, Ky., and Evansville, Ind. In 1871 he became co-editor, and soon after sole editor and proprietor of the Western Recorder, a leadingBaptist weekly paper, published at Louisville, Ky. He is also editor and proprietor of the American Baptist, a paper published at Louisville for the colored people, and has established a book and publishing house in Louisville. In addition to these labors, Dr. Caperton preached several hundred times a year, and is an active member of the missionary and Sunday-school boards of his denomination in Kentucky.
[From William Cathcart, The Baptist Encyclopedia, 1881; rpt. 1988, p. 181. — jrd]
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