Howard Malcom

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In the year of 1820 Howard Malcom became the pastor of a Baptist Church in Hudson, NY. Here he stayed until 1826 when he was called into a different line of work, yet still serving the Church. He was asked to be the First General Agent of the American Sunday-School Union. In this position he traveled the country raising funds for the Union and encouraging the addition of Sunday School to churches. As a result of his work the churches adopted Sunday School and it became an instrumental part of the church life. (Baptist Encyclopedia)

Other societies that he was a instrumental member of were the American Baptist Historical Society and the American Peace Society, which he was the President of both. He was the Senior Vice President of the Pennsylvania Colonization Society. He was also one of the founders of the American Tract Society.(Baptist Encyclopedia)

After he left the American Sunday-School Union, in 1827, he became the pastor of the Federal St. Baptist Church in Boston. He served in there until he was asked to be missionary. The Triennial Convention in Boston asked him to be a missionary to Burmha and China, which he did for 2 and a half years. While serving in this capacity he made a significant contribution to the foreign missions cause. As a result of he mission work and public life after his return there was an increased interest in foreign missions by the churches and an increase in the contributions to the cause of foreign missions. Also his work resulted in the cementing and unifying of the labors of missionaries, especially abroad. (Baptist Encyclopedia)

In February of 1840 Malcom was the Chairman of the council that drew up the covenant and the statement of faith for Beekman Baptist Church.(History of Beekman Baptist Church)

In 1840 Malcom was elected simultaneously into the position of President of Georgetown College (Baptist Encyclopedia), unanimously (Minutes of Georgetown Trustees), in Kentucky and Shurtleff College in Illinois. He accepted the job at Georgetown and turned down Shurtleff. While he served at Georgetown he made significant contributions to the colleges curriculum and other areas of the college (Baptist Encyclopedia). Also during his tenure at Georgetown he helped found one of he oldest black churches in Kentucky. Upon his recommendation the white congregation of Georgetown Baptist left the land and building to the African-Americans of the community and moved to a different location (History of First Baptist Church of Georgetown).

While at Georgetown he received his A.M. for Dickinson College and an honorary D.D. from the University of Vermont and from Union College in New York (Baptist Encyclopedia).

At the Third Constitutional Convention of Kentucky he voted for anti-slavery delegates. His vote was public knowledge and as a result of his vote he was forced into resignation as President of Georgetown College. His anti-slavery sentiments were not appreciated in a pro-slavery community (Presidents of Georgetown College). He wrote himself that he resigned to preserve harmony (Letter of Resignation).

Upon leaving Georgetown College he was again offered the job of President of Shurtleff College, which he refused so he could pastor Sansom St. Baptist Church. In 1851 he left Sansom St. Baptist Church and became the President of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. In 1874 he became the President of Hahneman Medical College, where he stayed until his death in 1879 (Baptist Encyclopedia).