Joshua Levering

Joshua Levering (September 12, 1845 - October 6, 1935) was a prominent Baptist and a candidate for president of the United States in 1896. He was president of the trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, co-founder of the American Baptist Educational Society, and co-founder of the Layman's Missionary Movement.

Joshua Levering
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Personal details
Born(1845-09-12)September 12, 1845
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedOctober 6, 1935(1935-10-06) (aged 90)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyProhibition (1884–1935)
Other political
Democratic (Before 1884)
Spouse(s)Martha W. Keyser
Margaret S. Keyser
Helen Woods
MotherAnn S. Levering
FatherEugene Levering


On September 12, 1845, Joshua Levering was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Eugene Levering and Ann S. Levering along with his identical twin brother Eugene Levering. In 1872, he married Martha W. Keyser and had seven children with her before her death in 1888 and later married her sister Margaret S. Keyser in 1892 until her death in 1895. In 1901, he married Helen Woods who would outlive him. From 1881 to 1903, he was the superintendent of the Sunday school of Eutaw Place Church.[1]

In 1867, he served as a delegate to the Southern Baptist Convention. In 1884, he joined the Prohibition Party and was the party's candidate for comptroller in 1891 and governor in 1895. In 1887 and in 1893, he was chairman of the Maryland Prohibition party's state convention and served as a delegate to the 1888 and 1892 national conventions.[2]

On July 1, 1892, he was narrowly defeated by James B. Cranfill for the Prohibition Party's vice presidential nomination with 416 delegates to 332 delegates after a story circulated that Levering was a member of the coffee industry.[3] On May 29, 1896, Levering became the presidential candidate of the Prohibition Party by acclamation for the presidential election; he was a narrow gauger who supported a platform with one plank for prohibition unlike the broad gaugers who supported free silver and women's suffrage being added to the platform.[4][5] He and his running mate Hale Johnson received 131,312 votes while the broad gauger presidential ticket of Charles Eugene Bentley and James H. Southgate received 13,968 votes.[6]

In 1885, he was elected as the president of the local branch of the YMCA until his retirement on January 8, 1901.[7] In 1903, 1904, 1906, and 1907, he and members of his family traveled throughout the world to observe missionaries in Japan and China. In 1925 he served as a delegate to the Southern Baptist Convention again.[8] On October 6, 1935 he died in Baltimore at age 90.

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  1. ^ "Joshua Levering Dies At his Home". The Baltimore Sun. 6 October 1935. p. 15. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019 – via
  2. ^ "1896: Prohibition".
  3. ^ "Prohibition Ticket Complete". Pittsburgh Dispatch. 2 July 1892. p. 7. Archived from the original on 18 December 2019 – via
  4. ^ "First National Ticket". The Abbeville Press And Banner. 17 June 1896. p. 2. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019 – via
  5. ^ "First In The Field". The News-Palladium. 29 May 1896. p. 1. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019 – via
  6. ^ "Levering Dies; Once Ran For Presidency". The Baltimore Sun. 6 October 1935. p. 22. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019 – via
  7. ^ "The City's Twin Patrons Of Temperance". The Baltimore Sun. 26 February 1911. p. 26. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019 – via
  8. ^ "Editorial: Joshua Levering". Baptist and Reflector. 17 October 1935. p. 2. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019 – via
Party political offices
Preceded by
Prohibition nominee for President of the United States
Served alongside: Charles Eugene Bentley
Succeeded by
Religious titles
Preceded by
President of the Southern Baptist Convention
Succeeded by