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Bob Jones

1883-1968. American evangelist. Born in Alabama, son of a Confederate Army veteran, he held his first evangelistic meeting at the age of fourteen, and a year later was licensed to preach by the Methodist Church. He attended Southern University in Greensboro, Alabama. In 1924 he decided to start his own college to promote unflinching fundamentalism.* At the time of his death, Bob Jones University, located in Greenville, South Carolina, had an enrollment of 4,000 and a modern campus valued at $50 million. Jones's evangelistic preaching took him to every state of the union and into thirty foreign countries. During the height of his career he preached an estimated 12,000 folksy sermons to more than fifteen million people. The school which bears his name came to be identified with fundamentalist theology and Southern conservative politics, including segregation of the races.