Adoniram Judson By: Andrew Dobbs

  • When/Where Born: He was born August 9, 1788 in Malden, Massachusetts.
  • Parents/Siblings: His father was Adoniram Judson Sr.,a congregational minister, and his mother was Abigail Judson. He was one of four children.
  • When/Where Died: He died April 12, 1850 of a serious lung infection. He died at sea at the Bay of the Bengal.
  • Childhood Hobbies/Experiences: He loved to read and he began reading when he was just three years old.
  • Educational Experiences: At age 16 he entered Brown University and graduated in three years as the valedictorian and he always earned high honors in his class.

Adult Experiences:

  • 1812: He married Ann Hasseltine. She had one miscarriage and had two kids but they died when they were still babies. She died of an illness in 1826.
  • 1834: He married Sarah Hall Boardman. They had 8 children but only five lived to adulthood. She died of an illness in 1845.
  • 1846: He married Emily Chubbuck. They had two children but they both died shortly after birth. She died in 1854.
  • What made him serve in missions: On his return home from college he was greatly influenced by his friend's, Jacob Eames, Deistic beliefs and he declined God and left for New York to take a career as a playwright. This turned out to be a mistake and he left New York and found himself alone and he had nowhere to stay. One night he found an inn but the only room left was next to a dying man. After the death of this man turned out to be his friend Jacob Eames he was brought to his senses and he returned back home. He then entered Andover Theological Seminary as a special student and after months of being there he rededicated his life to the Lord. After rededicating his life to the Lord, he became very interested in overseas mission work. While he was studying mission work in the east he encountered a book called "An Account of an Embassy to the Kingdom of Ava." After reading this book he made it a goal to preach the gospel in Burma and he led a group of students from the seminary to go to Burma and serve as missionaries. "The American Board" supported their mission work and made it possible for them to work in Burma.

What work he did and where:

  • 1812: He went to India but was forced to leave.
  • 1813: He escaped to Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar). In Rangoon he set up stations, translated Bibles, and he evangelized.
  • 1824: He was charged of being an English spy and he was imprisoned. He was released in 1826 to serve as a translator for the Burmese government.
  • 1828: He moved to Moulmein to enlarge his mission where he built churches and schools.
  • 1834: He completed the Burmese Bible.
  • 1845: His wife, Sarah's health declined and they went back to the U.S. She died en-route and Adoniram stayed in the U.S for nine months.
  • 1846: He returned to Burma and he worked to enlarge the Burmese dictionary.
  • Legacy left behind: He converted many Burmese people to God and he translated the Bible into the Burmese language so they could read what God has to say.
  • Awards received: He is honored with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church on April 12. In Burma, Baptist churches celebrate Judson Day which is celebrated every July.
  • Bible verses: He liked a lot of verses from the book of Philippians because he like Paul the apostle who wrote the book.
  • Quotes: He had many quotes but the most common one was, "There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice, it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after. Another one was "It is true that we may desire much more. But let us use what we have, and God will give us more."
  • "36 Adoniram Judson Quotes." N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.
  • Bradshaw, Robert I. "The Life and Work of Adoniram Judson, Missionary To Burma." An Introduction to the Site. N.p., 01 Jan. 1992. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.
  • "Judson, Adoniram (1788-1850)." Judson, Adoniram (1788-1850) | History of Missiology. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.


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