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241 – Aug. 29 – This Day in Baptist History Past

His Wealth Used for God’s Glory

1816 – George Pillsbury was born in Sutton, N.H. After a period as a grocer in Boston he returned to his home town as a clerk in the mercantile business. In 1840, at the age of 24, he purchased the company and married his wife Margaret Sprague. After that, he moved to Concord, N.H., and for 24 years was the purchasing agent for the Concord Railway.  He also served as the Director and organizer of the First National Bank of Concord and became President in 1866. The Pillsburys were generous supporters of the First Baptist Church of Concord and he also served as trustee of the state orphanage and a home for the aged. At 62 he moved to Minneapolis in 1878 where he was involved in the management of the Charles A. Pillsbury Flour Company. In 1884 he was elected the mayor of Minneapolis. He became President of the Minnesota Baptist Convention from 1880 to 87’ and served as president of the American Baptist Missionary Union. To support Baptist youth he began underwriting the Minnesota Academy. Upon his death in 1898 he left another $250,000 for an endowment. One obituary said, “He acquired wealth that it might be used for the glory of God…” His pastor, Dr. W. B. Riley conducted the funeral. [Larry Dean Pettegrew, The History of Pillsbury Baptist College (Owatonna, Minn.: Pillsbury Press, 19881), p. 25. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 472-473.] Prepared by Dr. Greg Dixon

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