Baptist minister. Born– March 5, 1876, in Elberon, Va. Parents– John Avington Merritt and Sarah Rebecca (Deering) Gwaltney. Married–Richie Thornton Peters, September 23, 1902.  Children–five. Education– University of Richmond, 1899-1904; Union Theological Seminary, 1904-1905; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Th.M.; Potomac University, STD, 1908. Ordained in 1902.  Served churches in Prattville, Greenville, and Florence; editor, Alabama Baptist, 1919-1950; trustee, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; organized the Baptist Foundation. President Alabama Baptist State Convention, 1935-37; Alabama Temperance Alliance. Honorary Litt. D., Howard College, 1927. Died November 10, 1955.


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Christ and Our Liberties. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co., 1937.

Forty of the Twentieth; or, The First Forty Years of the Twentieth Century. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co. 1940.

Herald of Freedom. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1939.

Man’s Fairest Hope. Nashville; Broadman Press, 1925.

A Message For Today on the Chariots of Fire. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Printing Co., 1941.

A Rosary of Facts. Birmingham Printing Company, 1936.