Sam Jones (1847-1906), Methodist minister and evangelist, was born in Chambers County, Alabama. Known as “The Moody of the South” for his revival meetings, Jones preached in every major city in northern and southern United States after the Civil War. Jones’ sermons were aimed at the average working class individual, and he pleaded with them to reject gambling, drinking, and profanity, a life he himself had once pursued. The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, originally named the The Union Gospel Tabernacle, was built as a venue for Jones’ preaching in 1892.
For further reading see W. Holcomb, Sam Jones (Methodist Publishing House, 1947).