Louie D. Newton (1892-1986)
Louie D. Newton
Born in Screven County on April 27, 1892, Louis Devotie Newton was one of six children born to Dicie Elizabeth and William Moore Newton. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Screven and Emanuel counties, and in 1910 he entered Mercer University in Macon as a sophomore, graduating in 1913. For the next two years he served as a history professor at Mercer, while during the summers he completed his master's degree at Columbia University in New York City. In 1915 he married Julia Winn Carstarphen, with whom he had two daughters. In 1917, during World War I (1917-18), Newton enlisted in the U.S. Army and provided educational services for soldiers stationed at Camp
During the 1920s Newton became very involved with the Baptist Church in Georgia. From 1920 to 1929 he was the editor of the Christian Index, the newspaper of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and in 1929 he accepted the pastorate of Druid Hills Baptist Church. Over the next forty years, Newton held every elective post in the Baptist denomination. He was president of the Georgia Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention, and vice president of the Baptist World Alliance. In addition, he helped found several civic organizations, including the Atlanta Boys' Club.
Newton was also a prolific author; in 1936 he began writing a daily column titled "Good Morning," which
Louie D. Newton died on June 3, 1986, at the age of ninety-four, in Atlanta.
Jack U. Harwell, Louie D.: A Photographic Essay of "Mr. Baptist," Louie Devotie Newton (Atlanta: Christian Index, 1979).
Jack U. Harwell, An Old Friend with New Credentials: A History of the Christian Index (Atlanta: Christian Index, ).
J. C. Massee, Louie D. Newton, The Witness: A Spiritual Biography (Decatur, Ga.: Bowen Press, ).
Louie D. Newton, An American Churchman in the Soviet Union (New York: American Russian Institute, ).
Louie D. Newton, Fifty Golden Years, 1909-1958 (Atlanta: Atlanta Association of Baptist Churches, 1958).
Louie D. Newton, Good Morning (Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman Press, 1938).
Louie D. Newton, Why I Am a Baptist (New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1957).
Robert Winston Smith, "Louie D. Newton: A Baptist Statesman of the Twentieth Century" (Ph.D. diss., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1979).
Jarrett Burch, Eastman
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