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Portrait of John Gano baptizing George Washington
[Hanging at William Jewell College Library, Liberty, MO.]

     He went everywhere to further Baptist interests. He had a fund of energy greater than most men, and an intellect which could grasp any subject. He was regarded in his day as "a star of the first magnitude," "a prince among the hosts of Israel," "a burning and a shining light, and many rejoiced in his light." -- The Baptist Encyclopedia
      Speaking of John Gano, David Rice, the early Kentucky Presbyterian missionary and historian, wrote in his Memoirs: "I heard him with great avidity and satisfaction. He appeared to preach the gospel in its native simplicity with honest intention to promote the glory of God and the good of men. . . . To me he appeared as one of the ancient Puritans risen from the dead." -- (J. H. Spencer, A History of Kentucky Baptists)
     In 1798, he had his shoulder broken by a fall from his horse. Before he recovered from this, he had a paralytic stroke, which deprived him of the power of speech. From this he so far recovered as to be able to preach. During the "Great Revival," it is said, he preached in an "astonishing manner." While Elkhorn Association was much agitated by the appearance of Arianism in some of the churches, about the year 1803, Mr. Gano was carried to Lexington, and assisted into the pulpit, where he preached a masterly discourse on the Deity of Christ, which was thought to have a salutary effect in checking the spread of that baleful heresy. -- (Spencer, p. 126)
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The Life of John Gano, 1727-1804
Pastor-Evangelist of the Philadelphia Association
By Terry Wolever

Biographical Memoirs of the Late Rev. John Gano

Was General Washington Baptized by Chaplain John Gano?
The Religious Herald, 1933
By Lemuel C. Barnes

John Gano
Colonial and Frontier Baptist Minister
Annals of the American Baptist Pulpit, 1860

John Gano
The Baptist Encyclopedia, 1881

John Gano
By William M. Pratt - Pastor, FBC
Lexington, KY, 1888

Lessons on Church Authority from John Gano
By Jim Duvall

Comments on John Gano
By Robert G. Torbet
A History of the Baptists, 1952

John Gano
A History of the Baptists
By Thomas Armitage, 1890

John Gano
A History of Kentucky Baptists
By J. H. Spencer, 1885

John Gano
By David Benedict
Benedict wrote two bios - one in 1813 and another 35 years later.

John Gano and the Philadelphia Baptists
By David Spencer, 1877

John Gano
By Reuben A. Guild, 1897

John Gano
By Thomas S. Griffiths

John Gano
By Henry C. Vedder, 1907

John Gano: Excerpts from Various Documents

A Circular Letter written by John Gano on "Effectual Calling"
Philadelphia Baptist Association, 1784

John Gano as Pastor in New York City
History of the City of New York: Its Origin, Rise and Progress,
Mrs Burton Harrison and Martha Joanna Lamb, 1896

John Gano Chosen Chaplain for Kentucky General Assembly
Journal of the Kentucky House of Representatives, 1798

John Gano
Two Short Bios

The Gano Gravemarker
Frankfort (KY) Cemetery

The Two Ganos
John and Stephen
The Baptist Memorial and Monthly Chronicle, 1843

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