By Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey
This can be the tale of the way one guy, Samuel Augustus Hayden, virtually destroyed the newly equipped Baptist basic conference of Texas (BGCT) sooner than it may take root. within the ultimate many years of the 19th century, Hayden prompted such unrest between Texas Baptists that once a failed try to take over the BGCT, he was once expelled from the kingdom physique. In flip, he created a rival association, the Baptist Missionary organization (BMA), which endured to struggle perceived oppression via the BGCT. Hayden, via his newspaper, accused his enemies of embezzlement, heresy, arson, and strong-arm strategies. His high-profile rivals incorporated George Washington Truett, Benajah Harvey Carroll, and James Britton Cranfill, who asserted via their newspapers that Hayden used to be insane, a liar, and a heretic. Baptists in Texas have been compelled to take facets within the fight, which got here to a dramatic end on a teach certain for the Southern Baptist conference, while Cranfill and Hayden scuffled over a pistol.
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Extra info for A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy
A problem, however, occurred in 1873. Because it was unable to market the bonds for the Northern Paciﬁc Railroad, the Banking House of Jay Cooke and Company had failed in early 1873. The failure of the Northern Paciﬁc was a major factor in bringing on the Panic of 1873. Industries that depended on the railroad for cheap transportation feared they could not get their goods to market. Industries such as steel and cotton were forced to lay off thousands of workers and close hundreds of plants. 1 Texas, too, experienced hard times, as jobs were lost and the price of cotton and other agrarian staples plummeted.
Indd 36 10/4/05 2:13:52 PM An Unhappy Marriage 37 of Carroll, the consolidated paper would be located in Dallas. Despite the obvious fact that Hayden was now the editor of the BGCT’s sole organ, his paper was not subsequently endorsed by the messengers because the vote did not occur during an ofﬁcial session. The lack of ofﬁcial endorsement would prove to be pivotal in later developments. 33 Link agreed to co-edit the periodical for a few months, but he realized his days as an editor had come to an end.
It was decided that the messengers of the BGCT, while not in a regular session, could render an unofﬁcial opinion. After the ofﬁcial order of business had concluded, it was announced that Link and Hayden could unofﬁcially address the messengers from the platform concerning the locale of the uniﬁed newspaper. This is the reason for the large vote. Everyone knew this pressing matter was about to be addressed. Hayden and Link agreed to accept the unofﬁcial vote. Each editor spoke for almost twelve minutes in an attempt to rally support for his own city, either Dallas or Waco.
A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy by Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey