Edward M. Bounds was born in Shelby County, Missouri to Thomas J. and Hatty Bounds. When Edward was fourteen years old, his father contracted tuberculosis and would eventually succumb to the disease.
Shortly after his father's death in 1849, Edward tried his hand at goldmining and joined a wagon train with his brother, Charles, heading for California. After four years of mining—and little to show for it—they returned to Missouri where Edward returned to his studies and, at age nineteen, became the state's youngest practicing lawyer.
Edward ultimately surrendered to the call of Christ on his life and, in his earlytwenties, closed his law office and moved to Palmyra, Missouri where he enrolled in Christian Seminary. Two years later he was ordained by his denomination and named pastor of the nearby Monticello Missouri Methodist Church.
During the Civil War, Edward became a chaplain in the Confederate States Army and would later suffer a severe head injury and be taken prisoner during the Second Battle of Franklin.
Upon his release, Edward returned to war-ravaged Franklin where he became the pastor of the Franklin Methodist Episcopal Church, South. According to people who were constantly with him in prayer and preaching, "Not a foolish word did we ever hear him utter. He was one of the most intense eagles of God that ever penetrated the spiritual ether.”
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