Baptist clergyman. Born– April 24, 1865, Chambers County. Parents– Andrew Jackson and Marie Antoinette (Bailey) Dawson. Married– Margaret Samuel Lewis, October 30, 1890. Children– Two. Education– Howard College, A.B., 1886;  Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, (graduated 1889); studied at Columbian University (became George Washington University in 1904), the University of Alabama, and the University of Berlin, Germany. Ordained in Baptist ministry, 1888; pastored churches in Kentucky, 1888-1892; pastor of First Baptist Church,  Tuscaloosa, 1892-1924; taught at Howard College, 1924-1938; founded Edgewood Baptist Church, Birmingham, in 1926 and served as its pastor, 1926-1938. Served as president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, Southern Baptist Young People’s Union, and Rotary International. Member of the Alabama Baptist State Executive Committee and Southern Baptist Educational Association. Trustee, Central Female College, Tuscaloosa; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Druid City Hospital. Awarded the honorary D.D. by Howard College, 1897.   Edgewood Baptist Church was renamed Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in his honor.  Died January 14, 1938.


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