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a reputation as a scholar and critic. Along with his two broth-
ers, he enlisted in the War of 1812, and later in recounting his
experiences, he wrote that he, with Colonel Boswell's Regiment,
"cut our way into Fort Meigs on the 5th of May, 1813, during
the seige. After my time expired, I volunteered and went to
Canada with Shelby and Harrison, when Proctor's army was
taken." Later, Baylor studied law under an uncle, one Jesse Bled-
soe, a celebrated Kentucky lawyer and one-time United States
Senator, who also was a kinsman of Judge Bledsoe of Sherman,
Texas. Under the spell of Henry Clay and spurred by his own
yen for oratory, Baylor entered politics and was elected to the
Kentucky Legislature at the age of twenty-three. Steeped in
the philosophies of Voltaire and Tom Paine, he nevertheless was
attracted to the forthright preaching of one Rev. Jeremiah Var-
deman, whom he followed up and down the state seeking to de-
termine the source and power of his eloquence and jotting down
his quotations from the Bible. Baylor resigned from the Ken-
tucky Legislature in 1820 and moved to Alabama, where he
was elected first to the State Legislature and then to Congress
for a single term from the Tuscaloosa District. During his Ala-
bama residence, he commanded a battalion of Alabama volun-
teers during the Creek Indian trouble and also practiced law for
two years in Mobile. In 1839, under the spell of the eloquent
preaching of Thomas Chilton, a cousin, he was profoundly
moved. This was followed by a significant change in his religious
life and thought. During previous years he had argued long
and learnedly over the contradictions of the Bible and had scoff-
ed at the more popular brands of religion, but now he abandoned
his affected "Deism," forsook the Unitarians, and embraced
wholeheartedly the Baptist faith and doctrine. Immediately
following his baptism, he, in his own words, "studied theology,
was licensed to preach, and ordained to the Baptist ministry."
That same year, he came to Texas, settling near LaGrange.
The real motive for the move is not definitely known, but in the
new country he had the choice of several careers. It appears
that he served as a voluntary missionary; Morrell mentioned
assistance he received from Baylor in a meeting in which the
newcomer declined to preach but exhorted on the theme, "There
is a reality in religion and the Scriptures are true." In 1841,
Huckins referred to Tryon as preaching at Travis, Independence,
and Washington and being assisted by Baylor. Baylor never re-
lied on the ministry for a livelihood and accepted no pay for
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