William Carey

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Birthday
17, 1761
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 9, 1834 (72)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
17, 1761
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 9, 1834 (72)

About

Remembered for his role in establishing the Baptist Missionary Society, this English minister and missionary lived and worked in Serampore, India, and was responsible for translating the Bible into both Sanskrit and Bengali.

Before Fame

After working as a cobbler's (shoemaker's) apprentice, he worked as a schoolmaster and Baptist pastor. He first traveled to India in 1793 and quickly established himself as the father of modern missionary efforts there.

Trivia

In the early 1820s, he established the Agri Horticultural Society of India.

Family Life

The son of Elizabeth and Edmund Carey, he grew up in Northamptonshire, England, as a member of the Church of England. His marriage to Dorothy Plackett Carey resulted in four surviving sons. At the end of his life, he was married to Charlotte Rhumohr, and after her death, to Grace Hughes.

Associated With

He and John Birch were both Baptist missionaries to India.