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Ham, Mordecai Fowler, Jr. (1877–1961)

  1. Jerry B. Hopkins

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1535

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Hopkins, J. B. 2011. Ham, Mordecai Fowler, Jr. (1877–1961). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Mordecai Fowler Ham Jr., was born April 2, 1877 in Allen County, Kentucky to Tobias James Ham and Lady Oliver McElray Ham. He was educated in the public schools of that rural Kentucky county and later attended Ogden College in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This school was later absorbed by Western Kentucky State Teachers' College. During this same time period he studied law under Attorney B. F. Proctor of Bowling Green. He was too young to take the state bar examination when he finished studying with Proctor; instead he took a sales position with a grocery chain. After working for a time with that business, Ham quit to join a man in commercial sales. From 1897 to the end of 1900 Ham was employed as a crew manager for a picture-enlarging business in Chicago. Before he left this business he organized a commercial club for investment. He invested in a business in Chicago, Illinois, which was the primary source of his income in the years closing the nineteenth century. Upon the death of his elderly grandfather, Mordecai Ham Sr., Ham felt called to the ministry. He studied for several months, reading 26 books and the Bible to prepare himself for the ministry to which he was called.


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