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Clergyman

Edwin Burdette Backus, American clergyman. Served as minister Unitarian Society, Lawrence, Kansas, 1913-1917; Member American Unitarian Association, Indianapolis Council Society Agencies, Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene.; Mason.

Background

Backus, Edwin Burdette was born on December 27, 1888 in Blanchester, Ohio, United States. Son of Wilson Marvin and Stella (Campbell) Backus.

Education

A.A., Lewis Institute, Chicago, 1907. Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1909. Bachelor of Divinity, Meadville (Pennsylvania) Theological School, 1912, Doctor of Divinity, 1940.

Work at Berlin and Jena Universities, 1912-1913.

Career

Served as minister Unitarian Society, Lawrence, Kansas, 1913-1917. 1st Unitarian Society, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1917-1920. 1st Unitarian Church, Los Angeles, 1920-1932, Humanist Society Chicago, 1933-1934, 1st Unitarian Church, Des Moines, 1935-1938, All Souls Unitarian Church, Indianapolis, 1938-1953, 1st Unitarian Church, Tacoma, Washington, 1954, Phoenix, 1954-1955.

Vice president Western Unitarian Conference, 1946-1950. President American Humanist Society, 1944-1946. Weekly broadcasts, station WFBM.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Pattern on the Mountain, 1939, 1946. Lectures on the Bible (public in Danish translation) 1925. (book) If Thought Be Free, 1946.Sheep and Goats, 1948.

Membership

Served as minister Unitarian Society, Lawrence, Kansas, 1913-1917. Member American Unitarian Association, Indianapolis Council Society Agencies, Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene. Mason.; Clubs: Indianapolis Athletic, Wranglers.

Connections

Married Irene May Garrett, July 25, 1914. Children: Virginia Louise (Mistress.

father:
Wilson Marvin Backus

mother:
Stella (Campbell) Backus

spouse:
Irene May Garrett

child:
Virginia Louise Backus (Mistress Waldo Kampmeier Lyon)

child:
Mary Katherine Backus (Mistress Robert E. Goebel)