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The John Clark Bayless Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 023

Scope and Content

This collection contains sermon manuscripts and correspondence by the Reverend Bayless. Most of the letters have also been transcribed, with typescripts enclosed. Several of these letters are written to his parents while he was a student at Princeton and record his personal thoughts on the Seminary.


  • 1838-1865

Language of Materials



There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The John Clark Bayless Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


  • 1819 January 7 Born, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1836 Graduated, Central College, Danville, Kentucky
  • 1838-1841 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • 1841 September 23 Ordained, evangelist, Presbytery of Louisville
  • 1841-1842 Stated supply, Cloverport, Kentucky
  • 1842-1844 Pastor, Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • 1844-1854 Pastor, Covington, Kentucky
  • 1854-1866 Missionary and stated supply, Bethesda Church (Ashland)
  • 1860 Awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity, Centre College, Kentucky
  • 1866-1875 Missionary, Grayson, Kentucky
  • 1875 May 23 Died, Grayson, Kentucky

Biographical Information

The Reverend John Clark Bayless (1819-1875) was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was educated at Centre College (Kentucky), and Princeton Seminary (class of 1841). He was ordained Evangelist by the Presbytery of Louisville and subsequently served several Presbyterian churches in Kentucky and Indiana as pastor and stated supply. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Centre College in 1860.


0.3 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Related Material

See also, John Clark Bayless (1841) file in the Archive's alumni biographical record collection.

John Clark Bayless, 1819 - 1875: A Kentucky Evangelist, by Therese Landsdowne Duble (Baltimore, Md: Gateway Press, 1982). Call number: BX9225.B445 D8 1982

Processing Information:

These papers were given to the Seminary by Mrs. Therese Landsdowne Duble of Sarasota, FL, granddaughter of the Reverend Bayless, sometime around February of 1982. These papers were organized as an Archives manuscript collection in October of 1996.

The John Clark Bayless Manuscript Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

Princeton Theological Seminary
Wright Library
25 Library Place
Princeton NJ 08540 USA