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Rev. Ezra Ferris, M.D.

     Rev. Ezra Ferris, M.D., was born in Stanwich, Conn., April 26, 1783. He came with his father to Ohio in 1789, and settled in Columbia, the first town in the Miami Valley. He joined the Baptist church there in 1801. He came to Lawrenceburg, Indiana, in 1807, and preached the first sermon ever heard from a Baptist in the county. A few years afterwards he organized the Lawrencebnrg Baptist church, and was its pastor for more than thirty years. He was prominent in the organization of the Laughery Association in 1816.

     In his youth he had returned to the East to obtain an education. He was for many years a physician, having graduated at a Philadelphia medical college. He was a member of the first constitutional convention of Indiana, held at Corydon, was several times elected to the State Legislature, and was once nominated for Congress, but was defeated by five votes. He died at his home in Lawrenceburg, April 19, 1857.


[From William Cathcart, editor, The Baptist Encyclopedia, 1881; rpt. 1988, p. 392. jrd]

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