Museum: The Rev. Peter Doub’s Journal
Even at the tender age of six, Peter knew his life’s calling. Of a camp meeting that was held on his father’s land when he was six, Peter Doub recalled in his diary,
In 1818, at the age of 21, Peter Doub began his long career as a preacher and educator. Known for his lengthy sermons (up to four hours), Peter Doub spent the next twenty plus years traveling circuits for the North Carolina Methodist Episcopal Church and lecturing on the virtues of temperance. In 1830, Rev. Peter Doub founded the First Methodist Church (now the West Market Street United Methodist Church) in Greensboro, N.C. Perhaps Rev. Doub’s own lack of a formal education as a youngster inspired him, for in 1832 he opened a school for Methodist children in Greensboro, the First Methodist Preparatory School. Rev. Doub’s desire to provide others with a sound education was not limited solely to men, for it was in 1832 that he first began to advocate the creation of a college for women. In 1838, Rev. Doub’s dream and efforts were realized when a charter for Greensboro Female College was secured.
Peter Doub died on August 24, 1869 at the age of 73.
Rev. Peter Doub’s journal provides insight into the man who contributed significantly to the religious, educational, and cultural development of North Carolina during the middle part of the nineteenth century.
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