Rev. G. W. Dupee
GEORGE WASHINGTON DUPEE was born in Gallatin county, Kentucky, July 27, 1827. When quite young he was placed at work in a factory, and later in a brick yard. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in August, 1842, and joined the Missionary Baptist Church in the latter part of the same month, and was baptized by Rev. Peter Kenny. Young Dupee was impressed very strongly that it was his duty to preach the gospel, and so he determined to learn to read and write. He soon learned to read the Bible, and the Lord answered his prayer by giving him understanding. He believes in a Divine call to the ministry, and, from the experience he relates, his own was extraordinary. His success in winning souls to Christ has been phenomenal. For forty odd years he has been laboring faithfully in the Lord's vineyard, having been the pastor of thirteen churches. He at one time was editor of the Baptist Herald. He organized the first District Baptist Association in the Washington Street Baptist Church, in Paducah, Ky. In September, 1867, he was elected moderator, and has been re-elected every year since. He assisted in organizing the General Association of Colored Baptists, in Lexington, Ky., in August, 1869. In 1871 he was elected Moderator of this Association, at Danville, and retained the position until '81. He organized the first ministers and deacons' meeting known in Versailles, in 1861. He has been Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Kentucky, and was elected Grand Master of the State for two terms. The degree of D.D. was conferred upon him by the State University of Louisville. When the Lord of the harvest calls for the reapers, Dr. Dupee will carry with him many sheaves.