MANLY, BASIL, JR., 1825-1892


Clergyman; seminary professor; denominational leader.  Born December 19, 1825, Edgefield County, South Carolina.  Parents–Basil and Sarah Murray Rudulph Manly. Married– Charlotte Elizabeth Whitfield, April 28,1852 (died 1867) ; children–eleven.  Married Henrietta Summers Hair, June 19, 1869; children–six.  Education–  University of Alabama, B.A., 1844; Newton Theological Institute; Princeton Theological Seminary, B.D., 1847.  Ordained by First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, 1848.  Served various churches in Alabama, 1848-1850; pastor of First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., 1850-1854; founder and president of Richmond Female Institute, 1854-59; founder and professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (then located in Greenville, S.C.), 1859-1871; president of Georgetown College, Kentucky, 1871-1877; professor of Old Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (relocated to Louisville), 1877-1892. Led the founding and organization of the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board, first established in 1863.  Author of more than 20 hymns and anthems.  Died January 31, 1892.


Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists, vol. 2.  Broadman Press, 1958; Marquis Who’s Who online.


The Bible Doctrine of Inspiration.  1888.


Baptist Chorals.  Richmond, 1859.

Manly’s Choice, 1891,

Co-editor and compiler;

Baptist Psalmody.  Charleston, 1850.


The papers of Basil Manly, Jr., including his diary and letterbooks, are held by the Special Collections Department of the James P. Boyce Centennial library at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Other relevant papers are included in the Manly Collections at the University of North Carolina, Furman University, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Libraries.

Created 10-28-2012