A. J. Breed
President of the California Conference (1896-1897)
Almond Jarod Breed was born June 1, 1847, in Crown Point, New York, but was raised in Wisconsin. Early in his adult life he served as treasurer of one of the larger counties in Wisconsin.
On March 1, 1871, he married Asenath Lois Davis in Neillsville, Wisconsin. The couple accepted the Seventh-day Adventist message at meetings held by Henry Decker, who was the second president of the Upper Columbia Conference.
Breed served in a variety of administrative leadership roles for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was elected as president of the California Conference in 1896, serving in that capacity only for about one year. He previously served as president of the Wisconsin Conference (1885-1890) and subsequently for the Upper Columbia Conference (1901-1906; the office was located at that time in College Place, Washington), as well as vice president of the North Pacific Union Association (beginning in 1910).
In 1900, while serving as a district superintendent for the Adventist Church, he and S. N. Haskell (also a former California Conference president) were sent to confront what was known as the “Holy Flesh movement” at a camp meeting in Muncie, Indiana. This matter was discussed at the 1901 General Conference session held in Battle Creek, Michigan.
During Breed’s service in the North Pacific Union, he was involved in the founding of Walla Walla College (now Walla Walla University), serving for a number of years as president of the WWC executive board.
Asenath Breed passed to her rest in College Place, Nov. 8, 1908. In 1912, Breed married Delia Wallace, and they also made their home in College Place. He died on Sabbath evening, August 13, 1938, at the age of 91. The Breeds (A. J. and Asenath) had one son, Frank, who preceded his father in death in 1927.
1. Portrait of A. J. Breed
2. Walla Walla College
The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Vol. 115, No. 40, Oct. 6, 1938 (obituary of A. J. Breed)
North Pacific Union Gleaner, Vol. 33, No. 34, Aug. 30, 1938 (obituary of A. J. Breed)
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