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Anderson, Rufus (1796–1880)

  1. Kehinde Olabimtan

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0039

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Olabimtan, K. 2011. Anderson, Rufus (1796–1880). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


American Congregational mission administrator and theorist, Rufus Anderson was born to a pastor at Yarmouth, Maine. He studied at Bradford Academy and Bowdoin College, where he earned an A.B. degree in 1818. While studying at Andover Theological Seminary, he served as a personal assistant to Jeremiah Evarts at the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM), Boston. On graduating in 1822, he applied to the Board for missionary service in India. The Board thought he would be more useful in the office at Boston and retained him there as assistant secretary. Anderson spent the next 44 years in the service of ABCFM, assuming the office of secretary to the Board in 1823 until his retirement in 1866. He married Liza Hill in 1827.


  • Anderson, Rufus (1796–1880);
  • American Congregational mission administrator;
  • ABCFM, Boston;
  • object of mission, foundation of self-extending;
  • ‘civilization' and ‘evangelization';
  • First… of American Board of Commissioners