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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Christian associations, young men's societies organized for the purpose of providing for the social, physical, intellectual, and spiritual advancement of young men. The first association of this character was established in London, in 1844, by George Williams. The first society in the United States was established in New York City, in 1852. Since then similar societies have sprung up throughout the civilized world. In 1900 there were 5,075 associations in the world, of which 1,429 were in North America, principally in the United States. The total membership of the North American societies was 228,568, with 344 buildings, valued at $19,847,930. They had 656 libraries, containing 474,685 volumes; employed 1,275 general secretaries and other paid officials; and expended for all purposes $2,779,733.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Young men's Christian associations, (search)
Young men's Christian associations, Organizations of young men in the different cities, demanding a profession of Christianity in their active, and good moral character in their associate members, and working by methods in harmony with Christianity for the physical, social, mental, and spiritual improvement of their members, and of young men in general. An organization called Young Men's Christian Association was first formed in London, England, by George Williams, in 1841. The movement extended to the United States and Canada in December, 1851, when societies were formed at Montreal, and Boston, Mass. About twenty-four associations were added during the next two years, and during the next ten years the number reached 200. At the first convention, held in Buffalo, N. Y., June 7, 1854, a confederation was formed, with a central committee, and a yearly convention. This form of affiliation continued till the time of the Civil War. During the war the United States Christian Com