Albert Arnold Bennett (April 6, 1849 – October 12, 1909) was a Baptist missionary and hymn composer who founded the Baptist Theological Seminary of Yokohama, which later became Kanto Gakuin University.
Albert was born in Pennsylvania, United States, and was a very "gentle baby and child". Because of this both of his parents did not expect him to grow up. Bennet's mother died when he was just seven. His father was a deacon of the Fifth Baptist Church of Philadelphia. On Sundays their father would let the children go to play in a small city yard only one at a time. Everyday toys were put away at this time. But best of all, the children had much of their father's society.
Albert was baptized at the age of thirteen, and began to take part in church work. For instance, teaching in a mission school, calling on aged people and invalids, and conducting a weekly neighborhood meeting.
Kanto Gakuin University
After Albert sailed to Japan he decided to establish a university where all colors of skin could be taught. That was the Baptist Theological Seminary of Yokohama, which later became Kanto Gakuin University.
Albert was married to Mela Isabel Barrows Bennett and had seven children; Charles, Andrew, Albert Jr., Bertha, Harriet, Edith and Raymond.
Albert died in Yokohama in 1909. His gravestone bears the epitaph "He Lived to Serve".
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