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“L” is for Lee, Robert Greene (1886-1978)

“L” is for Lee, Robert Greene (1886-1978). Clergyman. Lee was born in York County and baptized (1898) and ordained (1910) in the Fort Mill Baptist Church. After graduating from Furman in 1913, he held pastorates in South Carolina and Louisiana before moving to the Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis—where he remained until he retired in 1960. Tennessee at that time was a more fertile ground for the brand of fundamentalist Baptist theology for which Lee became famous. His fiery preaching style was well suited to the premillennialist message of his widely-known sermon entitled “Payday Sunday.” It was reported that he preached that one sermon more than twelve hundred times. He served three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Robert Greene Lee produced numerous sermon collections and was an internationally recognized religious figure.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.