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Alexander Campbell, founder of the Disciples of Christ and Bethany College, dies in western Virginia

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Alexander Campbell was a Scots-Irish immigrant who played a powerful role in the Restoration Movement that resulted in a proliferation of Christian sects in the United States during the Second Great Awakening.  Campbell and his father themselves founded the Disciples of Christ as well as its main educational site at Bethany College in present-day West Virginia, begun in 1840.  He died at his home in Bethany, aged eighty-seven.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Alexander Campbell," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 87.