Sherwood Eddy

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Sherwood Eddy
Born George Sherwood Eddy
(1871-01-19)January 19, 1871
Leavenworth, Kansas
Died November 4, 1963(1963-11-04) (aged 92)
Jacksonville, Illinois
Education Phillips Andover Academy, Yale University, Princeton Theological Seminary
Known for Evangelism and YMCA international leadership
Religion Protestant
Spouse(s) Maud Arden Eddy

Sherwood Eddy (1871–1963) was a leading American Protestant missionary, author, administrator and educator.

Early life[edit]

George Sherwood Eddy was born on January 19, 1871 to George Alfred Eddy and Margaret Louise Nolan at Leavenworth, Kansas. He attended Phillips Andover Academy, graduated from Yale University in 1891 and then studied at Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating in 1896. Eddy married Alice Maud Harriet Arden (1873–1945) on November 10, 1898. They were the parents of two children, Margaret and Arden. After his first wife's death, he would marry Catherine Louise Gates in 1946.[1]


Eddy was one of the first of sixteen thousand student volunteers who emerged from the leading universities of the U.S. and Europe to serve as missionaries in the far flung corners of the world. Working among the poor and outcasts of India he mastered the Tamil language and served as a traveling evangelist among the students and masses of southern India beginning in Palamcottah for the first 15 years of his missionary service. He spent the next 15 years doing student evangelistic work across Asia - from China, Japan, and the Philippines, through the Near East to Turkey, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, and then to czarist and later to Soviet Russia. As a national secretary of the YMCA he worked in an honorary capacity among students in Japan, Korea, China, India, the Near East, and Russia. He founded the Delta and Providence Cooperative Farms with Reverend Sam H. Franklin in 1936.[2] Eddy died on November 4, 1963 at Jacksonville, Illinois.


Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Awakening of India (1911)
  • The New Era in Asia (1913)
  • The Students of Asia (1915)
  • Suffering and the War (1916)
  • With Our Soldiers in France (1917)
  • Everybody's World (1920)
  • Eddy, Sherwood; Kirby Page (1924). The abolition of war. New York: George H. Doran. 
  • Eddy, Sherwood; Kirby Page (1926). Makers of freedom; biographical sketches in social progress. New York: George H. Doran Company. ISBN 0-8369-1803-7. 
  • What Shall I Believe in the Light of Psychology and the New Science (1926)
  • Russia Today: What Can we Learn from It? (1934)
  • Revolutionary Christianity (1934)
  • Ten Suggestions for Personal work (1934)
  • Pathfinders of the World Missionary Crusade. New York: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press. 1945. 
  • God in History (1947)

He wrote other works which were published in England and India. He is also known today for his works with the Oxford Group evangelical group, a predecessor to Alcoholics Anonymous. There also exists a YMCA named after him.


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