JAMES, POWHATAN WRIGHT, 1880-1956

Biography:

College president; Baptist clergyman, teacher. Born– December 29, 1880, Virginia. Parents; Fleet H. and Harriet Elizabeth Kelly James. Married– Jessie Jenkins Truett (daughter of prominent Baptist minister George W. Truett). Children– Three. Practiced law in Virginia before entering the clergy. Education– Seminary in Alabama, graduated 1913. Pastor of churches in Selma; Dallas, Tex.; Nashville, Tenn.; Lynchburg, Va.; and First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (1933-44); taught English Bible, University of Alabama; served as president, Bethel College, Hendersonville, Ky., 1944-  .  Editor, Kappa Alpha Journal; member, Board of Trustees of Baptist Bible Institute, New Orleans, La.  Died December 10, 1956.

Sources:

Files at Alabama Department of Archives and History.

R.L. Guffin, Legacy of Love, history of First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, available on church website.

Publication(s):

Fifty Years of Baylor University Hospital. Dallas?; s.n., 1953.

George W. Truett, a Biography. New York; Macmillan, 1939.

Reasons for Christian Education. Waco, Tex.; Education Board, Baptist General Convention of Texas, 1915.

Editor:

The George W. Truett Library. 4 vols. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Baker Book House, 1980.

Updated 2011-07-06