Charles Richmond Henderson

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Charles Richmond Henderson (1848–1915) was an American minister and sociologist. After being a pastor for nearly 20 years in Terre Haute and Detroit, he took an appointment as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, where he became a tenured professor. He published several works on society in the United States, the prison system and the sociology of charities.


Born in Covington, Indiana, he graduated at the Old University of Chicago in 1870. He went to New York, where he earned his divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in 1873 and was ordained as a minister. From 1873 to 1883 Henderson was pastor at Terre Haute, Indiana and from 1883 to 1892 at Detroit.

Appointed in 1892 assistant professor of sociology at Chicago University, he was afterward advanced to the full professorship. In 1898-99 he was president of the National Conference of Charities, in 1902 president of the National Prison Association, and in 1910 of the International Prison Congress. In 1907 he served as secretary of the Illinois Commission on Occupational Diseases. He died in 1915.


His works include:

  • The Development of Doctrine in the Epistles (1894)
  • The Social Spirit in America (1896)
  • Social Settlements (1897)
  • Social Elements (1898)
  • An Introduction to the Study of the Dependent, Defective, and Delinquent Classes (1898; second edition, enlarged, 1901)
  • Modern Prison Systems (57th Congress, 2d Session, House Document No. 452, 1903)
  • Modern Methods of Charity (1904)
  • Industrial Insurance in the United States (1907)
  • Social Duties from a Christian Point of View (1909)
  • Education in Relation to Sex (1909)
  • Social Programmes of the West (1913)

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