Stephen A. Northrop, the distinguished divine, was
born in Granville, Ohio, April 7, 1852, a son of the Rev. W. R.
Northrop, a Baptist clergyman. When he was ten years old his
parents removed to Michigan, where he received his preliminary
When twenty years old he returned to Granville,
taking a three years' classical course in Denison University, and then
went to Colgate University, Hazilton, N. Y., w here he graduated with
the degree of A.B. in 1876. In the same year he entered the
Rochester Theological Seminary, meanwhile supplying the pulpit of the
First Baptist Church at Fenton, Mich., and in 1882 he went to the
First Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. In 1885 he was called
to Cincinnati, and in 1896 came to Kansas City, and has ever since
been the pastor of the First Baptist Church. The congregation
called him on the strength of his record alone.
Dr. Northrop had the degree of A.M. conferred
upon him by Hazilton College, and the degree of D.D. by Franklin
Dr. Northrup is a splendid speaker, and has
twice offered prayer at Republican National Conventions. He has
also been a tireless contributor to both secular and religious
magazines, and his book, "A Cloud of Witnesses," is now in
its fifth edition.
He was married to Miss Celestine Joslin
August 16, 1877, and they have one child, Laura May.