Born: December 4, 1820, Baltimore, Maryland.
Died: November 18, 1893, Staten Island, New York.
Buried: Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp, New York.
Grandson of a Methodist minister, Deems began preaching temperance at the tender age of 13. He studied at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, intending to become a lawyer. Instead, after graduating in 1839, became a Methodist minister in Asbury, New Jersey. The next year, he began working for the American Bible Society of North Carolina, and later became a professor of logic and rhetoric at the University of North Carolina (1842-48). In 1849, h… Go to person page >