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Jotham Meeker

By White Unto Harvest

Jotham Meeker (November 8, 1804–January 1855) was a Baptist missionary, printer, who lived and proselytized among various Native American peoples, including the Delaware, Ottawa, and Shawnee. In 1834 the Meekers installed a printing press at Shawnee Baptist Mission and in 1837 established a mission near present day Ottawa, Kansas where for 18 years he ministered to the needs of the Ottawa Indians who lived there.

Meeker was an early advocate of printing native languages and developed an orthography enabling use of standard types; he printed over sixty publications in nearly a dozen languages, including the Shawnee Sun in the Indian language (Siwinowe Kesibwi) with contributions by Blackfeather.

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5 comments on “Jotham Meeker”

  1. This is an excellent and fascinating video. I shared it on Facebook right away. May the Lord bless you and your ministry. I appreciate you so much!

  2. There is a fascinating display of the many Bible translations of so many Amer. Ind. tribes in the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

  3. Wonderful to hear of another unsung saint who gave his life to getting the Scriptures and the gospel of Christ and his love to those who had never heard. Since this year is the 200th anniversary of the first American missionary to ever leave these shores to do the same, Jotham and Adoniram Judson must have had a great joy in meeting another who had served his Savior in similar ways. May their tribe increase.

  4. This is great, and what he did was great. My brother-in-law's folks work with Wycliffe in the files and the electrical sections. I suppose that even a translating organization needs these. Prayers. ABIGAIL

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