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MCDANIEL, GEORGE WHITE (1875–1927). George White McDaniel, Baptist pastor and leader, was born on November 30, 1875, in Grimes County, Texas, the son of Francis Asbury and Letitia Anne (White) McDaniel. He attended public school in Navasota and was orphaned at the age of sixteen. He was baptized in the First Baptist Church at Navasota in 1892. McDaniel continued his education at Hills Business College in Waco, the Male Academy in Belton, and Baylor University. While a student at Baylor, he lived in the home of Benajah H. Carrollqv. In his senior year he married one of the Baylor teachers, Martha Douglass Scarborough, on March 20, 1898. They had two children. McDaniel completed his theological education at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained a minister on September 13, 1899, by the First Baptist Church in Waco. He held pastorates at Central City Baptist Church, Kentucky; Temple Baptist Church, Temple (1900–02); Gaston Avenue Baptist Church, Dallas (1902–05); and First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia (1905–27). He was a member of the Virginia Baptist Board of Missions and Education, the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board, and the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, a trustee of Richmond College (later the University of Richmond) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a member and president of the boards of trustees of Virginia Baptist Orphanage and the Virginia Home and Industrial School for Girls. He was president of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Southern Baptist Convention (1926).

While a pastor at Gaston Avenue, McDaniel served on the board of trustees for the Baptist Memorial Sanitarium (later Baylor Hospital) and the board of directors of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. A consistent champion of traditional Baptist tenets, McDaniel successfully led Virginia Baptists in a protest against a proposed state law to make the reading of the Bible compulsory in Virginia public schools. The defining moment of his ministry was the Southern Baptist Convention presidential address in 1926, in which he asserted, "This convention accepts Genesis as teaching that man was a special creation of God, and rejects every theory, evolution or other, which teaches that man originated in, or came by way of, a lower animal ancestry." The statement was adopted as a sentiment of the convention, and McDaniel was hailed for his timely leadership. He wrote Our Boys in France (1918), The Churches of the New Testament (1921), Seeing the Best (1923), The Supernatural Jesus (1924), and The People Called Baptists (1919). He also authored The Bible in its Place (n.d.), Christian Stewardship (n.d.), and A Memorial Wreath (1921). He died in Richmond, Virginia, on August 18, 1927.

Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists (4 vols., Nashville: Broadman, 1958–82). Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1.
Michael D. Gabbert

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