Henry Sloane Coffin
Henry Sloane Coffin (January 5, 1877 in New York City – November 25, 1954 in Lakeville, Connecticut) was president of the Union Theological Seminary, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, and one of the most famous ministers in the U.S. He was also one of the translators of the popular hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel, along with John Mason Neale.
Coffin was the son of Edmund Coffin and Euphemia Sloane. He was an heir to the fortune of the furniture firm of W. and J. Sloane & Co. He had a brother called William, who was later the president of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Coffin attended Yale University between 1893 and 1897 obtaining a Bachelor of Arts. In 1896, he was one of fifteen juniors invited to join the Skull and Bones. He continued his Master's degree on Yale, graduating in 1900.
During his time at Yale, Coffin was on friendly terms with evangelist Dwight L. Moody, who devoted considerable attention to Coffin during his famous Northfield Conferences in Massachusetts. In spite of Moody's influence, Coffin would emerge as a leading theological liberal.
Coffin also obtained his Bachelor of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary in 1900. He then became pastor of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City in 1910. He declined an offer to become president of Union Theological Seminary in 1916. In 1917, he became Chairman of the Committee of the Board of Home Missions. In 1926, offered the presidency of Union a second time, he accepted and retained the post until 1945.
- List of people on the cover of Time Magazine: 1920s - 15 Nov. 1926
- Works by Henry Sloane Coffin at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Henry Sloane Coffin at Internet Archive
- Henry Sloane Coffin on NNDB
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