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Rufus Benton Peery
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1868
Tazewell County
Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 25, 1934
Wake County
North Carolina, USA

Son of:
Thomas Peery (1841-1909)
Sarah Henrietta Repass (1843-1884)

Dr. R. B. Peery while a boy on his father's farm in Virginia distinguished himself by studious inclinations and early fixed his choice upon a career in the church. He attended the public schools at Burkes Garden, including the high school, and graduated from the Warttburg Private Seminary at Graham, Virginia. In 1890 he graduated A. B. from Roanoke College at Salem, Virginia, for two years was a student in the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and in 1892 was ordained a minister of the Lutheran Church. He continued his studies while abroad under the direction of the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg, and in 1895 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the latter institution Doctor Peery is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Greek letter fraternity.

In 1892 he went to the missionary fields in Japan, and was active in that oriental country under the auspices of the Lutheran Church until 1903. Among Kansans Doctor Peery probably has a more intimate and thorough knowledge of the Japanese country and its people than any other citizen. While in Japan he published a book entitled "The Gist of Japan," which had a wide sale and appreciation in England and America, and also in Japan. He also published "Lutherans in Japan," translated the Lutheran Hymn Book into Japanese, and was author of a volume "Addresses to Young Men," printed and circulated in Japan.

After returning from his long residence in Japan Doctor Peery in 1903 became pastor of a Lutheran Church in Philadelphia. In 1905 he was called to one of the prominent churches of Denver, Colorado, where he remained until he came to Atchison in 1912 to become president of Midland College.

Doctor Peery married at Wytheville, Virginia, in 1895 Miss Lettie A. Rich, daughter of W. W. and Mary (Cassel) Rich. Her father, now deceased, was a furniture merchant. Her mother still lives at Wytheville. Mr. and Mrs. Peery are both of Revolutionary descent, and he is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Doctor and Mrs. Peery have six children: Harold Rich, born in August, 1896, now a student in Midland College; Thomas Benton, born in 1898, a student at Midland; Rob Roy, born in 1901, also in Midland College; Paul Denver, born in 1907, and William Wallace, born in 1912, both students in the public schools of Atchison; and Donald Lee, born in 1915.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Peery (1841 - 1909)
  Sarah Henrietta Repass Peery (1843 - 1886)
 
 Spouse:
  Letitia A Rich Peery (1873 - 1942)*
 
 Children:
  Donald Lee Peery (____ - 1989)*
  Rob Roy Peery (1900 - 1973)*
  Paul Denver Peery (1906 - 1981)*
  William Wallace Peery (1910 - 1964)*
  William Wallace Peery (1910 - 1964)*
 
 Siblings:
  Emory Willis Peery (1866 - 1933)*
  Rufus Benton Peery (1868 - 1934)
  Anna Saloami Peery Hansbarger (1874 - 1944)*
  John Carnahan Peery (1876 - 1939)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Montlawn Memorial Park
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Donald Rich
Record added: Mar 04, 2013
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Rufus Benton Peery
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Rufus Benton Peery
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Rufus Benton Peery
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