James Anderson Burns

James Anderson Burns


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


1883 18 Years Old The next year, 1883, James and his mother moved to the old "Burns Homestead" near Oneida. … Read More


1892 27 Years Old …  After attending Dennison for seven months, Burns returned to Kentucky in 1892.
1893 28 Years Old From 1893-1897 he taught in Clay County public schools.


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During the school year 1897-1898 Burns taught at Berea College, where he met Rev. H.L. McMurray. … Read More
1899 34 Years Old When the board of trustees met on December 20, 1899, they named the school Mamre Baptist College in Buring Spring Ky and Burns was named the first president. … Read More
1900 35 Years Old In the spring of 1900 Dr. Carter Jones invited Burns to speak to the State Board of Missions meeting in Louisville. … Read More
1901 36 Years Old When Dr. Jones invited Burns to Louisville in 1901 to meet with Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Marvin, Burns told them about the need for a larger building. … Read More


1905 40 Years Old As the enrollment grew, Burns turned students away because they could not find lodging in nearby homes. In 1905 he arranged to start the construction of a girls' dormitory while he raised the money. … Read More
1912 47 Years Old An article, "Burns of the Mountains" written by Emerson Hough, appeared in American Magazine in 1912. … Read More


1920 55 Years Old In October 1920 Burns suffered a mental and physical breakdown due to overwork and complications from influenza. Thomas Adams had served as Associate President since 1917 and was named president in 1921. The school was in major financial trouble. Neither Adams nor the teachers had received salaries for over a year when Adams resigned in January 1922. Sylvia Russell was named president in April 1922. … Read More
1923 58 Years Old Burns resumed his lecture tours in June 1923. … Read More


1925 60 Years Old They were married February 14, 1925 and James Benner Burns was born November 19, 1926. … Read More
1928 63 Years Old Russell resigned in 1928 and Burns served a second term, 1928-1934.
1934 69 Years Old After James Anderson Burns retired in 1934, he moved to Anderson Hall. … Read More
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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