Andrews, John Nevins (1829-1883)

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John Nevins Andrews (1829-1883). Author, minister, missionary, and scholar. Born in Poland, Maine, in 1829, Andrews converted in February 1843 and began to observe the seventh-day Sabbath in 1845. He met James and Ellen White in September 1849. In 1850 he began itinerant pastoral ministry and was ordained in 1853.

Andrews was a significant contributor in the development of Seventh-day Adventist theology. Among his more memorable achievements was applying the identity of the two-horned beast of Revelation to the United States of America. In 1859 he wrote the first edition of his most famous book, The History of the Sabbath and the First Day of the Week (Battle Creek, MI: Battle Creek Steam Press, 1859).

On Oct. 29, 1856, Andrews married Angeline Stevens (1824-1872) in Waukon, Iowa, where the Andrews and Stevens families had recently moved. In 1859 a conference in Battle Creek voted that Andrews should assist J. N. Loughborough with tent evangelism in Michigan. He returned the follow year (1860) to Iowa. During this second period in Iowa his two children were born: Charles (b. 1857) and Mary (b. 1861). In June 1862 John left Waukon to conduct evangelistic meetings in New York where he helped to found the New York Conference. In February 1863 Angeline and their two children joined them in New York, and while there they had two more children both of whom died from tuberculosis.

In 1864 Andrews was chosen as the denominational representative to the Provost Marshall General in Washington, D.C., to secure recognition for the denomination as noncombatants. On May 14, 1867, Andrews was elected the third president of the General Conference (until May 18, 1869) after which he became editor of the Review and Herald (1869-1870). In 1872 Angeline died from a stroke after which John moved with his two children to South Lancaster, Massachusetts, where his children could stay with the Harris family.

Two years later he left with his two children, John and Mary, as the first official Seventh-day Adventist missionaries to Europe. They assisted in founding a publishing house in Switzerland and an Adventist periodical in French, Les Signes des Temps (1876). In 1878 Mary caught tuberculosis and died soon after receiving treatment at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. Andrews died on Oct. 21, 1883 and is buried next to J. H. Waggoner in Basel, Switzerland. In 1960 Andrews University was named in his honor.


The Commandment to Restore and to Build Jerusalem


The Crime of Pocasset

The Definite Seventh Day

Departing and Being with Christ

An Examination of Seven Reasons for Sunday-Keeping

The First Day of the Week Not the Sabbath of the Lord

History of the Sabbath and First Day of the Week

The Judgment, Its Events and Their Order

The Perpetuity of the Royal Law

A Refutation of the Claims of Sunday-Keeping to Divine Authority

Review of Objections to the Seventh-day Sabbath

A Review of the Remarks of O. R. L. Crosier on the Institution, Design and Abolition of the Sabbath

The Rich Man and Lazarus

The Sabbatic Institution, and the Two Laws

Samuel and the Witch of Endor

The Sanctuary and the Twenty-Three Hundred Days

The Sanctuary of the Bible

Sermon on the Two Covenants

Sermons on the Sabbath and the Law

The Complete Testimony of the Fathers of the First Three Centuries Concerning the Sabbath and First Day

Thoughts for the Candid

Thoughts on the Sabbath

Thoughts on the Sabbath and the Perpetuity of the Law of God

The Three Angels of Revelation 14:6-12

The Three Messages of Revelation 14:6-12

The Two Laws

The Wicked Dead: Are They Now Being Punished?


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