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Norris, John Franklyn (1877–1952)

  1. Jerry B. Hopkins

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1567

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Hopkins, J. B. 2011. Norris, John Franklyn (1877–1952). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


John Franklyn Norris was born to Warner and Mary (nee Davis) Norris on September 18, 1877, at Dadeville, Alabama. In 1881 his family moved to Hubbard, Hill County, Texas. Upon finishing secondary school, Norris entered Baylor University in 1898 and finished his degree in 1902. He continued his education in 1902, attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, finishing a master of theology degree in 1905. In that same year Norris moved back to Texas where he became the pastor of the McKinney Avenue Baptist Church in Dallas. He resigned from McKinney Avenue in 1907 when he became editor of the Baptist Standard. From 1907 to 1909 Norris was instrumental in bringing the Texas Baptist newspaper war to a conclusion. Norrris also helped abolish racetrack gambling in Texas. In 1909 Norris sold his financial interest in the Baptist Standard to a group of influential Baptists, including George W. Truett. Also in 1909 he accepted the pastorate of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth where his tenure as pastor extended from 1909 to his death in 1952.


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  • norris' ministry, marked by controversy;
  • norris, sensational preacher and forceful polemicist