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Almond H. Davis. The Female Preacher, or Memoir of Salome Lincoln (Providence, 1843), frontispiece.


Salome Lincoln Mowry was born in Raynham, Massachusetts, and joined its Free Will Baptist Church in 1823. She attended a religious meeting in 1827, to which the scheduled preacher was unable to come, so she delivered the sermon herself. Afterwards, despite some opposition, she continued preaching around Massachusetts and other parts of New England. She preached less often after her marriage to Elder Junia S. Mowry in 1835, and she died six year later following complications from the birth of their second child.

Her memoir, compiled by Almond Davis, presents her as an egalitarian preacher even though she was a member of the Baptist church:

“Her labors were not confined … to any particular denomination. She was not possessed with narrow contracted sectarian views, it was not congenial with her nature. Whenever, or wherever she found the image of Christ, soul mingled with soul, and to such a one, she felt that she was bound by a chord stronger than earthly, and by ties dearer than those which unite parties, sects and denominations; and with such a one, though she might differ on some minor points, she could heartily join, in carrying forward all the benevolent enterprises of the day. Her’s [sic] was a Divine mission; her credentials she received from the Prince of princes, and to his tribunal alone she stood accountable.” (p. 92)



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