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William Wade Harris (1865?1929)

William Wade Harris (1865?1929), Liberian evangelist, who converted over 120,000 people to Christianity in the nation of Cte d`Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in the space of a few years. Born in Liberia, Harris was educated by American Methodist missionaries and joined the Episcopal Church. He led a conventional life until 1910 when he had a conversion experience that led him to begin one of the most dramatic evangelistic campaigns ever. He was expelled from Cte d`Ivoire by French authorities in 1915 and died in poverty in Liberia. His followers founded a number of independent churches.

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