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H. H. Price

Freewill Baptist (FWB) minister and the first visionary of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) denomination, was born in Augusta, Maine, according to his death certificate. The same document lists his occupation as preacher, but does not mention the names of his parents. Foy's tombstone gives his age as seventy-four years.

Foy's early religious experiences were a devotional breakthrough that played an important role in the founding of the SDA denomination; but his personal history is elusive. According to J. N. Loughborough, a chronicler of the SDA, the Foy recorded as having visions died or disappeared after his 1845 publication, The Christian Experience of William E. Foy: Together with the Two Visions He Received in the Months of Jan. and Feb. 1842. The Unknown Prophet, a biography on Foy by Delbert W. Baker instead argues that Foy later became a Freewill Baptist minister in New England Baker s ...