Ross, Frederick A.
Born: 1796-12-25 Virginia
Died: 1883-04-13 Huntsville, Alabama
Frederick A. Ross was a Presbyterian clergyman, publisher, editor, and pro-slavery author. Born in the family home on the James River in Cumberland County, Virginia, Ross received his early education in local schools. At the age of sixteen, he entered Nazareth Hall, a noted Moravian school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Ross subsequently matriculated to Dickinson College, where he completed his collegiate studies. In 1817, he inherited a large landed estate in Sullivan and Hawkins counties, Tennessee, and in 1818, Ross built Rotherwood, a large house on the north bank of the Holston River. In 1823, Ross had a conversion experience at a revival in Kingsport, Tennessee, and in December 1823, he married Theodocia Vance. Two years later, Ross received ordination in the Presbyterian Church, and he became the pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport, where he remained until 1851. In 1827, Ross entered into partnership with James Gallaher and David Nelson to edit and publish
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