Clergyman; born in Medina, Mich.
, July 11, 1847; was graduated at Olivet College, Mich., in 1867, and studied at Yale, Union, and Andover
theological seminaries, and at Gottingen, Germany
After two short pastorates in Lawrence
and Boston, Mass.
, he became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Chicago
, and remained there more than fourteen years. In 1893 he organized and was the president of the World
's Parliament of Religions.
In 1896 he resigned his Chicago
pastorate and went to India
, where he lectured in an institution endowed by Mrs. Caroline E. Haskell
Returning to the United States
, he lectured in the Union Theological Seminary in 1898, and in November of that year became president of Oberlin College.
He is author of History of the Parliament of religions
; Life of Henry Ward Beecher
; Christianity the world religion
; The world pilgrimage