James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh (1581 - 1656)

James Ussher was Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland, Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College in Dublin, and a prolific scholar. Ussher calculated that the world was created in 4004 B.C. and first published this creation date in "The Annals of the Old Testament." Ussher's calculation gained considerable influence because it was later published in many Bibles. During the trial, Darrow tried to force Bryan to accept Ussher?s date of 4004 B.C. as accurate but Bryan stated, ?That has been the estimate of a man that is accepted today. I would not say it is accurate.? Later the movie and play "Inherit the Wind" misled the public to believe that Bryan had accepted Ussher's calculation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:James_Ussher_by_Sir_Peter_Lely.jpg