Biography and History

Edward Raymond Ames was born in Amesville, Ohio, on May 20, 1806 and died in Baltimore, on April 25, 1879. He became a Methodist, and in 1828 traveled to Illinois where, in Lebanon, he founded the school which later became McKendree College. In 1830 Ames joined the Indiana Methodist Episcopal conference, became a traveling preacher, and rode through the South and West, and among the Indian tribes, a distance of more than 25,000 miles. During his twenty years of traveling, he served as the chaplain of the Choctaw General Council at the tribe's request and as president of Asbury College. In 1852 he was elected bishop at a Boston conference.

Source: From the finding aid for C1005