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Franklin Henry Bryant was the first African American Seventh-day Adventist to author a book and the first African American to earn a law degree from the University of Colorado.
Eliza J. Burnham devoted nearly 40 years to editorial service in the Adventist publishing work, during which she helped edit several of the church’s leading periodicals and assisted Ellen White in her literary work.
Literary assistant to Ellen White, Mary Ann Davis, known as Marian, was born to Obadiah and Elmira Davis in North Berwick, Maine, August 21, 1847.
Elizabeth Haines was an early Adventist at whose house on Danforth Street, in Portland, Maine, Ellen White received her first vision as well as several others.
Horace Lorenzo Hastings was a fifth-generation preacher, second-generation Adventist preacher, and an author of numerous books and hundreds of biblical tracts.
William Francis Killen, a plantation owner, former Confederate soldier, lawyer, tax assessor, and Houston County, Georgia, school superintendent, was born July 16, 1836, in Perry, Georgia. With his connections, some might have thought him an unlikely candidate to become a Seventh-day Adventist minister. Yet, it was through his conversion and witness that the Seventh-day Adventist Church gained some of its earliest adherents in the American South among both the black and white races.
Polly Davis Lawrence, one of the earliest Millerite Adventists to accept the seventh-day Sabbath, provided hospitality and support, in her home, for Seventh-day Adventist co-founders Ellen G. and James S. White during the earliest period of their ministry.
Levi S. Stockman was a respected Methodist minister who began preaching the Second Advent message in 1842 and helped Ellen Harmon (White) understand the love of God during her conversion process.