Short History of Alexander Procter
Rev. Alexander Procter: "He saw farther with a clearer vision."
This description of Rev. Alexander Procter was recently discovered in an unpublished manuscript on the "The History of Missouri" that was written by James M. Greenwood, an early superintendent of the Kansas City School District and a nationally known educator.
He was the greatest preacher, as the writer measures men, that Missouri has yet produced. His own people never appreciated him; that is, as a class. He was above and beyond them Rev. Alexander Procter.
He saw farther and with a clearer vision. When he read a portion of Scripture, or a hymn, or offered a prayer, one felt for a soul struggling afar off. It was all perfunctory.
But when he began to speak, one settled back in his seat passively to endure the affliction.
His words came hesitatingly. His throat was rough and dry. But in three or four minutes, one began to lean forward so as not to miss a word.
You were carried along through the heights and depths with the greatest thoughts that ever came from the mind of man.
It was not eloquence, but the greatness of simplicity that lifted one into the highest realms. It was one of the greatest souls that ever lived that unbosomed itself to humanity.
Great, lovable, gentle and as simple as a little child was this true Christian man, endowed with one of the richest minds that ever dwelt on the earth.
This description of Procter was included a massive documentary history of Missouri. Greenwood had submitted to a publisher just prior to his death in 1914.
The encyclopedic work included chapters on education, banking, transportation, churches, noted Missourians and other general history topics.
His history project was never published though the manuscript is available at the Missouri Valley Room in the Kansas City Central Library.
Procter is the subject of some interest including a full biography Alexander Procter: The Sage of Independence written by Joseph R. Jeter Jr. Copies are available in the church library.