What is known as the "Oberlin Theology" (no longer identified with the college) centred in the teaching of Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875), who became professor of theology in 1835 and was Mahan's successor in the presidency (1851-1866).
Finney carried ' A runaway slave, Littlejohn, was taken at Oberlin in September 1858 by a United States marshal, but was rescued at Wellington.
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Finney (1792-1875), whose daughter he afterwards married, he prepared himself for the ministry.
Mr. Finney had a turnip, And it grew, and it grew; It grew behind the barn, And the turnip did no harm.
And it grew, and it grew, Till it could grow no taller; Then Mr. Finney took it up, And put it in the cellar.
There it lay, there it lay, Till it began to rot; Then Susie Finney washed it And put it in a pot.
She boiled it, and boiled it, As long as she was able; Then Mrs. Finney took it, And put it on the table.
Mr. Finney and his wife Both sat down to sup; And they ate, and they ate, They ate the turnip up.