Stephen Pierce

Conference President (1865 - 1870)

Birth: About 1805, Vermont
Death: 1883, Madison, Lake Co., South Dakota
Buried: Graceland Cemetery, Madison, Lake Co., South Dakota

Term: 1865 - 1870
Predecessor: John Bostwick, 1865-1865
Successor: Harrison Grant, 1870 - 1883


Review and Herald References (as noted below)



To the Brethren in Minnesota, We learn that Elder Stephen Pierce has moved from Vermont to your State; and as you need his counsel and labors, we recommend him to you as a judicious and well-tried friend of the cause, fully worthy of your support. We consider him far the ablest and safest man in your State to take a leading position in the cause. Gen. Conf. Committee. - Review and Herald, October 10, 1865

He was one of the group who with James and Ellen White, Joseph Bates, and Hiram Edson, "after the passing of the time in 1844, searched for the truth as for hidden treasure." (1 SM 206; see Sabbath Conferences). Mrs. White speaking of their time together, described it as follows: "Often we remained together until late at night, and sometimes through the entire night, praying for light and studying the word. Again and again these brethren came together to study the Bible, in order that they might know its meaning." (various sources confirm her description)

PIERCE.—Died at Madison, Dakota, of typho-malarial fever, our dear brother, Eld. Stephen Pierce, aged seventy-nine years. Bro. Pierce was born in Cavendish, Vt., and resided in that State many years. He afterward lived at Stewartsville, Minn. and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. His last days were spent at Madison, Dakota, with the family of Bro. A. D. Smith. He was president of the S. D. A. Conference in Vermont and Minnesota five years each, and at one time occupied the position of corresponding editor of the REVIEW AND HERALD. Many, in hearing of the death of Bro. Pierce, will feel that they have sustained a personal loss. He was a man of deep and genuine piety, possessing at the same time much of the precious grace of humility. The Bible was his study and delight, and he was an able, expositor of its truths, seeming to have a clear understanding of many of its parts "which are hard to be understood."

Bro. Pierce was ever a friend of the poor and suffering; and while he made few claims for himself, he was thoughtful of the comfort and convenience of others. His last sickness was borne with much patience, and he earnestly desired to have death come that he might be at rest. God has spoken by his Spirit that Bro, Pierce was a man of fine conscience, and the fear of the Lord has been before him. Yet at times he doubted, and feared he was not accepted of God. We have good reason to believe he will come forth at the first resurrection and share in the triumph of God's people. Not long will the prairie sod cover his precious form; for the voice of God will call him from his dusty bed, and he will reap the reward of a faithful, godly life. He certainly is of the class spoken of in Rev. 14:13; "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."

A. D. OLSEN. - Review and Herald, October 9, 1883

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