Hervey De Witt Griswold

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Hervey De Witt Griswold was born on May 24, 1860 in Dryden, New York to Benjamin and Laura Eliza (Hurd) Griswold. He attended Union College in Schenectady, New York from 1881 to 1885, and then went to Union Theological Seminary in New York City from 1885 to 1888. During the following two years Griswold had a fellowship at Oxford and Berlin Universities. Griswold began his 36-year-long career as a missionary in 1890 in Jhansi, India as a representative of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church. In 1894 Griswold became Professor of Philosophy at Forman Christian College in Lahore, India (now Pakistan), teaching English and history there as well. As its librarian Griswold built the Foreman Christian College Library, adding a substantial number of books on religion and philosophy to the collection. Griswold also served as secretary of the India Council of the Presbyterian Missions. In 1900 Griswold received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, based on his thesis on the Indian Philosophy known as Brahman.[1] In 1910 Griswold obtained his Doctor of Divinity. A prolific writer, he wrote about Hinduism and other Indian religions. He also wrote about the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, at a time when Ahmad was alive, and critically analyzed his claims to be the promised Messiah and Mahdi.[2]

In 1890 Griswold married Frances S. Sheldon. Together they had three children: Laura Katharine; Arthur Sheldon; and Frances Louise. Griswold retired from his missionary work in 1926 and died on May 11, 1945.[3]

List of his Works[edit]

1. Brahman by Hervey DeWitt Griswold (Apr 6, 2010)

2. The God Varuna in the Rig Veda by Hervey De Witt. Griswold (Apr 27, 2009)

3. Brahman: A study in the history of Indian philosophy by Hervey De Witt Griswold (Jan 1, 1900) (Vol -1 & Vol – 2 )

4. INSIGHTS INTO MODERN HINDUISM by Hervey Dewitt, Editor Griswold (1934)

5. The Dayanandi interpretation of the word "deva" in the Rig Veda by Hervey De Witt Griswold (1897)

6. The problem of the Arya samaj by Hervey De Witt Griswold (1901)

7. India, after the war, in India (After the war series) by Hervey DeWitt Griswold (1919)

8. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad: The Mehdi & Messiah of Qadian by Hervey De Witt Griswold (1902)

9. The Messiah of Qadian: Being a Paper Read Before the Victoria Institute (1905 ) by H. D. (Hervey De Witt) Griswold (Oct 21, 2009)

10. The Radha swami sect: Paper read at the Mussee soorie Conference, 1906 by Hervey De Witt Griswold (1906)

11. The Chet Rami Sect: Paper Read at the Mussoorie Conference, 1904 [1904] by H. D. (Hervey De Witt) Griswold (Dec 15, 2009)

12. The religion of the Rigveda, by Hervey De Witt Griswold (1971)

13. Dr. Griswold's "Autobiographical Notes, prepared for his descendants" (247 pp., 1938–40)

14. Catechism on Christian giving by H. D Griswold (1912)

15. Methods of teaching village Christians to read by H. D Griswold (1915)

16. The ancestors and descendants of Edward Griswold of New York by H. D Griswold (2000)

17. The Religion of the Rigveda. The Religious Quest of India by H. D. Griswold (Jan 1, 1923)

18. Village Evangelization (No.2) Being Papers Read at the 17th Annual Meeting of the North India Conference of Christian... by H. D., Editor Griswold (1917)

19. The problem of the Arya Samaj by H. D Griswold (1892)

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  1. ^ Biographical Notes
  2. ^ The Messiah of Qadian: A paper Read Before the Victoria Institute ; Monday May 15, 1905 by H. D. (Hervey De Witt) Griswold.[1]
  3. ^ Kamsler, Brigette C. (December 2011). "Hervey DeWitt Griswold Papers, 1893 – 1941" (PDF). Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  4. ^ A List of Books by H D Griswold