BUST VIEW FROM LIFE OF JAMES H. THORNWELL – SOUTHERN PREACHER AND PRO-SLAVERY ADVOCATE

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Chest up view of southern preacher and pro-slavery advocate James H. Thornwell. He wears a dark suit with a white shirt and cravat.

Contrast and clarity are good as is the paper and mount. Bottom edge of the mount has a period pencil ID.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for HUGHES & SALTSMAN… NASHVILLE, TENN.

Image is from a Tennessee album.

James Henley Thornwell was born on December 9, 1812. He was a Presbyterian preacher, slaveowner, and religious writer from the state of South Carolina. During the Civil War, Thornwell supported the Confederacy and preached a doctrine that claimed slavery to be morally right and justified by the tenets of Christianity. But contrary to many proponents of slavery, he preached that the African American population were people created in the image of God just like whites and that they should call slaves their brothers. He became prominent in the Old School Presbyterian denomination in the south, preaching and writing on theological and social issues. He taught at South Carolina College, eventually served as its president, and went on to teach at Columbia Theological Seminary. He was a contemporary of Charles Hodge and represented the southern branch of the Presbyterian church in debates on ecclesiology with Hodge.

Thornwell died on August 1, 1862, after a long struggle with tuberculosis. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.  [ad][ph:L]

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