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William Trabue Major (1790–1867) was a prominent religious leader in Bloomington, Illinois in the mid-19th century. He founded the First Christian Church (affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination) and built the city's first public meeting hall, Major's Hall, which hosted an early convention of the Illinois branch of the Republican Party (United States), Republican Party and became best known as the site of "Lincoln's Lost Speech". Major was born in Kentucky in 1790, a son of John Major and Judith Trabue. He moved to Illinois in 1835. He had begun as a Baptist, but disagreed with their beliefs that supported slavery. He changed his affiliation to the "Campbellites", as the Disciples of Christ denomination was then known informally, and founded the First Christian Church of Bloomington in 1837. Initially he and his wife, the former Margaret Allen Shipp, held services in their home. In 1840, they opened a wooden church building near the corner of Front a ...
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Bloomington, Illinois
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, Illinois, McLean County, Illinois, United States. It is adjacent to Normal, Illinois, Normal, and is the more populous of the two principal municipalities of the Bloomington–Normal, Bloomington-Normal Metropolitan Statistical Area, metropolitan area. Bloomington is southwest of Chicago, and northeast of St. Louis. The 2010 United States Census, 2010 Census showed the city had a population of 76,610, making it the 12th most populated city in Illinois, and the fifth-most populous city in the state outside the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Combined with Normal, the twin cities have a population of roughly 130,000. Bloomington is home to State Farm Insurance and Country Financial. Geography Bloomington is located at 40°29′03″N 88°59′37″W. The city is at an elevation of above sea level. According to the 2010 census, Bloomington has a total area of , of which (or 99.97%) is land and (or 0.03%) is water. Climat ...
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Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ)
Christian Church is a Protestantism, Protestant ecclesiological term referring to the church invisible comprising all Christians, used since the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. In this understanding, "Christian Church" (or "Catholic (term), catholic Church") does not refer to a particular Christian denomination but to the "body" or "group" of believers, both defined in various ways. A prominent example of this is the branch theory maintained by some Anglicans. This is in contrast to the one true church applied to a specific concrete Christian institution, a majority Christian ecclesiological position maintained by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodox churches, Assyrian Church of the East and the Ancient Church of the East. Most English translations of the Bible, English translations of the New Testament generally use the word "church" as a translation of the grc, ἐκκλησία, translit=ecclesia, found in the ...
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