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the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
(a Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement group)


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The denomination known today as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) emerged from the American "Restoration Movement" that sought to re-establish Biblical practices among Protestant churches. Followers of Thomas Campbell and Barton W. Stone combined in 1832 to begin what became known as the Stone-Campbell movement. Disagreements within the movement eventually arose. A major source of tension was the formation of the American Christian Mission Society, which Campbellites felt was un-Biblical. Finally, in 1906 the major factions split into two separate denominations (although many within the movement prefer to not use the word "denomination," as they feel it indicates an unacceptably concrete level of organization). The "Churches of Christ" (or the non-capitalized "churches of Christ") formed around those who followed Alexander Campbell's original ideas. The "Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)" formed around followers of Stone.
  • Barton W. Stone - co-founder of Stone-Campbell Restoration movement and the Disciples of Christ
  • James A. Garfield - U.S. President
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson - U.S. President
  • Ronald Reagan - U.S. President (raised in Disciples of Christ)
  • David Lloyd George - prime minister of Britain
  • Lew Wallace - Civil War general
  • Frances McDormand - actress (Fargo, etc.)
  • John Stamos - actor (Full House TV sitcom, etc.)
  • Katherine Kurtz - fantasy novelist: Camber of Culdi/Deryni series, etc. (raised in Disciples; as an adult became Catholic, then Celtic Christian)
  • Eliza R. Snow - poet, hymn writer (left Disciples to become a Latter-day Saint; married to Joseph Smith and later Brigham Young)
  • Jim Jones - Disciples of Christ preacher whose congregation became the suicidal Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana

  • James C. McReynolds - U.S. Supreme Court justice (1914-1941)
  • James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark (1850-1921) U.S. Representative from Missouri (Democrat); Speaker of the House
  • Joseph R. Lamar - U.S. Supreme Court justice (1857-1916)
  • J. William Fulbright - prominent U.S. Senator from Arkansas; established the Fulbright Scholarship program
  • John Tanner - U.S. Representative (D) from Tennessee's 8th District (1989 - present)
  • Ike Skelton - U.S. Representative (D) from Missouri's 4th District (1977 - present)
  • Ken Lucas - U.S. Representative (D) from Kentucky's 4th District (1998-2004)
  • Gus Howard - prominent American politician
  • Louie Welch - 5-term mayor of Houston, Texas
  • Carrie Nation - prominent Prohibitionist, famous for his bottle-smashing raids
  • Billie Sol Estes - Texas-based financier convicted of mail and mortgage fraud for having swindled many investors, banks and the federal government out of at least $24 million dollars

Notable Politicians who were members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Source: The Political Graveyard (http://politicalgraveyard.com/group/disciples-of-christ.html; viewed 2 December 2005)

Alaska
Scott Cordelle Bone (1860-1936)
George Alexander Parks (b. 1883)

Arizona
W. L. Cook (1894-1985)
Andrew Nichols (c.1937-2001)

Arkansas
Carl Edward Bailey (1894-1948)
James William Fulbright (1905-1995)
Anson Rainey (b. 1848)
Jerry Curtis South (1867-1930)

California
Scott Cordelle Bone (1860-1936)
Samuel LaFort Collins (1895-1965)
Milton Cline Garber (1867-1948)
Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004)

Colorado
Charles Jasper Bell (1885-1978)
Delmer E. Hunter, Sr. (1887-1966)
George Alexander Parks (b. 1883)

Florida
J. Dudley Goodlette (b. 1948)
Kenneth P. Pruitt (b. 1957)

Georgia
Joseph Rucker Lamar (1857-1916)

Hawaii
Mary Elizabeth Pruett Farrington (1898-1984)
Oren Ethelbirt Long (1889-1965)

Illinois
Seth Gard (1775-1845)
Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004)

Indiana
Scott Cordelle Bone (1860-1936)
Thomas McLelland Browne (1829-1891)
Morgan Chandler (1827-1897)
Samuel LaFort Collins (1895-1965)
Delana R. Eckels (1806-1888)
William Graham (1782-1858)
Elihu Griffin (1830-1887)
Abraham Jonathan Hostetler (1818-1899)
James H. Kelley (1838-1906)
John Kennedy (1833-1916)
Robert Kennedy (1786-1855)
Clement J. Kern (1848-1911)
Higgins Lane (1812-1877)
Edward Russell Maxwell (1793-1835)
James L. Nash (1829-1896)
Harry Stewart New (1858-1937)
John Chalfant New (1831-1906)
Lewis W. Purviance (1796-1874)
William Stevenson (b. 1837)
David Usrey (1818-1884)
Daniel R. Van Buskirk (1831-1908)
Smith Vawter (1806-1882)
Samuel Archibald Verbrike (1800-1876)
Lewis Wallace (1827-1905)

Iowa
John William Anderson (1871-1954)
Cassius Clay Dowell (1864-1940)
Alvin Saunders (1817-1899)
Hubert Utterback (1880-1942)

Kansas
Walter Augustus Huxman (1887-1972)
Oren Ethelbirt Long (1889-1965)
David Usrey (1818-1884)

Kentucky
Julia Hoge Spencer Ardery (b. 1889)
Philip Pendleton Ardery (b. 1914)
William Breckinridge Ardery (1887-1967)
Joseph Bentley Bennett (1859-1923)
Jesse Bledsoe (1776-1836)
Tom Buford (b. 1949)
Morgan Chandler (1827-1897)
Virgil Munday Chapman (1895-1951)
Delana R. Eckels (1806-1888)
Steven Richard Gold (b. 1973)
J. Dudley Goodlette (b. 1948)
Elwood Hamilton (1883-1945)
Robert Kennedy (1786-1855)
Ruby Laffoon (1869-1941)
Higgins Lane (1812-1877)
Edward Russell Maxwell (1793-1835)
James Clark McReynolds (1862-1946)
James Park (b. 1892)
Lewis W. Purviance (1796-1874)
John Marshall Robsion (1873-1948)
Cecil Carlton Sanders (b. 1914)
Alvin Saunders (1817-1899)
Jerry Curtis South (1867-1930)
Smith Vawter (1806-1882)
Samuel Archibald Verbrike (1800-1876)
John Stanley Webster (1877-1962)

Maryland
Jesse Corcoran Adkins (1879-1955)
Virgil Munday Chapman (1895-1951)
Harry Stewart New (1858-1937)

Michigan
Donald G. Batchelor (1895-1971)
James W. Humphrey (1846-1905)

Minnesota
Milton Cline Garber (1867-1948)

Missouri
Carl Edward Bailey (1894-1948)
Charles Jasper Bell (1885-1978)
James William Fulbright (1905-1995)
Delmer E. Hunter, Sr. (1887-1966)
Gilbert Owen Nations (b. 1866)
Isaac Newton Skelton IV (b. 1931)

Nebraska
Alvin Saunders (1817-1899)

New Jersey
Seth Gard (1775-1845)
James Abram Garfield (1831-1881)

New Mexico
Lewis Wallace (1827-1905)

North Carolina
Elijah M. Koonce (b. 1857)
Samuel Jarvis Payne (b. 1857)
Charles W. Snell (b. 1858)
Charles Marshall Wilson (b. 1858)

Ohio
Donald G. Batchelor (1895-1971)
Thomas McLelland Browne (1829-1891)
Myers Young Cooper (1873-1958)
Martin Luther Davey (1884-1946)
James Abram Garfield (1831-1881)
James W. Humphrey (1846-1905)
Edwin Lowe Neville (1884-1944)

Oklahoma
Thomas Galphin Andrews (b. 1882)
Milton Cline Garber (1867-1948)
John T. Johnson (b. 1856)

Pennsylvania
Peter John Daley II (b. 1950)
Clement J. Kern (1848-1911)
William Stevenson (b. 1837)

South Carolina
Thomas Galphin Andrews (b. 1882)

Tennessee
Jesse Corcoran Adkins (1879-1955)
John T. Johnson (b. 1856)
William Charles Salmon (1868-1925)
David Usrey (1818-1884)

Texas
James V. Allred (1899-1959)
Jesse Bledsoe (1776-1836)
John T. Johnson (b. 1856)
Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973)
Anson Rainey (b. 1848)

Utah
Delana R. Eckels (1806-1888)

Vermont
Melford Dewey Bibens (b. 1898)

Virginia
Julia Hoge Spencer Ardery (b. 1889)
Jesse Bledsoe (1776-1836)
Jerry Curtis South (1867-1930)

Washington
John Stanley Webster (1877-1962)

West Virginia
John Marshall (b. 1881)
William Edwin Ratcliffe (b. 1913)

The District of Columbia
Jesse Corcoran Adkins (1879-1955)
James William Fulbright (1905-1995)
Joseph Rucker Lamar (1857-1916)
John Marshall (b. 1881)
James Clark McReynolds (1862-1946)
Gilbert Owen Nations (b. 1866)
Isaac Newton Skelton IV (b. 1931)
Jerry Curtis South (1867-1930)

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