da. In revival services, he warned that alcohol, dance, theater, dime novels and baseball were sinful. Known simply as Sam Jones, he was humorous and crude, high-strung and theatrical not at all what many people expected from a preacher, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Born in Alabama in 1847, he spent most of his life in Georgia. A drinking problem sank his law practice, as his biographer, Kathleen Minnix, documented in Laughter in the Amen Corner: The Life of Evangelist Sam Jones. Jones promised his father on his deathbed that he would quit drinking, and he tu
It seems that two or three of our little pleasantries in last weeks items have been misconstrued; but we have no apology to make, for we believe with Sam Jones that tis always the hit dog that hollers, wrote Lazy Lawrence, presumably a pseudonym.