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Carey, William (1761–1834)

  1. Will Williams

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0236

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Williams, W. 2011. Carey, William (1761–1834). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


English Baptist pastor, orientalist, and proclaimed “Father of Modern Missions,” William Carey was born on August 17, 1761, in Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, England. He was apprenticed to a shoemaker in nearby Piddington and, influenced by a fellow apprentice, began to attend a Dissenter prayer-meeting. In 1783, his readings of the Bible persuaded him of Baptist principles, and Carey was baptized in North-ampton by John Ryland Jr.


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