Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834 - 1892

portrait of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Oil on canvas by Alexander Melville, 1885

Born: 19 June 1834, Kelvedon, Essex, England, UK
Died: 31 January 1892, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Although Spurgeon's grandfather and father had both been Congregationalist ministers, he didn't become a Christian until a snowstorm forced him to take refuge in a Primitive Methodist chapel at Colchester in 1850. He moved to Cambridge and preached his first sermon the next winter. He was called as pastor to New Park Street Chapel, Southwark at age nineteen, the largest Baptist congregation at London. Spurgeon's preaching brought him fame and forced the congregation to move to larger buildings. Seven years into his ministry his church expanded to hold 6,000 in a building called the Metropolitan Tabernacle, and he preached on occasion to crowds of 10,000. His sermons were transcribed and published from early in his career, some 3,600 are known. With his other articles and books it has been claimed that he had more material in print than any other author. He suffered from rheumatism, gout, and Bright's disease late in life, retreating to Menton, near Nice, France to recuperate, his last trip there did not include recovery.

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