Samuel Porter Jones
1847 – 1906
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He served several pastorates, but gained his reputation as a lecturer and evanglist. He conducted campaigns in some of America’s largest cities; as a result, everywhere he preached liquor stores closed, theaters closed, jails were emptied, and cursing was reduced to whispers.
The famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee was built by a wealthy businessman to house a Sam Jones meeting.
His life was threatened on several occasions, but none deterred his strong preaching. He died enroute to an evangelistic meeting in Oklahoma. Much of the wit of Will Rogers can be traced to that of Sam Jones. Well over five-hundred thousand people converted to Christ as a result of his ministry.