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John J. Cornish (1854-1937)

John J. Cornish may not have traveled far from his native Canada, but his impact was global. Born in Ontario, Canada, John J. Cornish, affectionately known as "J. J. Cornish," began studying scripture at a young age. After his ordination to the office of elder in 1875, Cornish began his lifelong career as a minister. Always striving to live the principles of the gospel, Cornish traveled around Canada and Michigan for more than fifty years. Along the way, he tirelessly shared the love of Jesus Christ, baptized as many as fifteen hundred people, and earned a huge base of friendship and support.