James Anderson Burns
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James Anderson Burns

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James Anderson Burns, founder of the Oneida Baptist Institute, grew up as the youngest son of a Primitive Baptist preacher in the hills of West Virginia, where he hunted and sold ginseng roots to buy books so he could attend the first school in a nearby settlement. Eager to see and learn more, as a teenager he visited his father's homestead in Clay County, Kentucky, where he was pulled into the violence of defending family honor.… Read More

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1865 Birth Called "Burns of the Mountains," James Anderson Burns was born August 2, 1865, in West Virginia. … Read More

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1945 80 Years Old September 12, 1945, the forty-seventh year of Oneida Baptist Institute, James Anderson Burns, Founder, Builder, and President Emeritus, died in his room in Anderson Hall. … Read More
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