Joshua Levering was born in Baltimore, Maryland on 12 September 1846.
Levering was a businessman and am active Baptist layman. He was among the founders and officers of the American Baptist Educational Society in 1888 and of the Layman’s Missionary Movement. He also was an officer of the Southern Baptist Convention and served on the boards of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and of the International Committee of the YMCA.
Joshua Levering switched from Democrat to Prohibitionist in 1884. He afterward was chairman of the Maryland State Prohibition Convention in 1887 and 1893 and a frequent Maryland delegate to national Prohibition Party conventions.
-- Gammon, 2007, pp.53-54