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In 1814, the Congregational Missionary Society of Connecticut sent Samuel J. Mills and Daniel Smith on a tour of exploration of the western states. Traveling on horseback and by riverboat “they made their way to St. Louis, which was found to be a village of two thousand, three-fourths of whom were Catholics,” according to the historian A.E. Dunning. The next year the Connecticut Society sent the Reverend Salmon J. Giddings to serve “the spiritually destitute and needy territory of Missouri.” During the twelve years of Dr. Giddings’ labors in St. Louis, he founded twelve churches in Missouri and Illinois.
Eden Theological Seminary
First Congregational Church of St. Louis. The First Congregational Church of Saint Louis, 1852–1952, Centennial, March 13 to 16. St. Louis: privately printed, 1952.
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