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Hermann Nelson Morse


Hermann Nelson Morse, American clergyman. Member Chi Alpha fraternity.


Morse, Hermann Nelson was born on September 29, 1887 in Ludington, Michigan, United States. Son of Hermann Nelson and Sarah (Smith) Morse.


Bachelor of Arts, Alma (Michigan) College, 1908, Doctor of Divinity, 1927. Diploma Union Theological Seminary, 1911. Student Columbia University, 1908-1912.

Doctor of Laws, Waynesburg College, Pennsylvania, 1948. Doctor of Letters, Beaver College, 1952. Doctor of Divinity, Yale University, 1953.


Ordained Presbyterian ministry, 1911. Special investigator for Presbyterian Board Home Missions, 1912-1913. Secretary Bennington County (Vermont) Improvement Association, 1913-1914.

Associate director country church work, Presbyterian Board Home Missions, 1914-1918, director research and publicity, 1918-1923. Recording secretary and director budget and research, Presbyterian Board National Missions, 1923-1949, administrative secretary, 1930-1949, general secretary, executive vice president, 1949-1959, now general secretary emeritus and general consultant, also chairman Institute Strategic Studies, 1964-1966. Visiting professor Princeton Theological Seminary, 1960-1961, consultant in field education, 1961-1962, director continuing education, 1962-1964.

Past vice president National Council Churches. Chairman division home missions 1950-1952. Moderator Presbyterian United States of America General Assembly, 1952.

Director surveys, Home Missions Council (interdenom.), 1928-1930. Chairman staff Intersem. Common for Training for Rural Ministry, 1931-1950.

Home Missions Council of N.A., 1945-1947 (president). Lecturer rural sociology and church work. President board of trustees Barber-Scotia College, Concord, North Carolina.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Country Church in Industrial Zones, 1922. The Town and Country Church in the United States (with E. de S. Brunner). The Social Survey in Town and Country Areas.The Every Community Survey of New Hampshire. The Every Community Survey of Maine. Toward a Christian America, 1935.These Moving Times, 1945. Again Pioneers, 1949. (book) From Frontier to Frontier, 1952.Also miscellaneous pamphlets and repts. Editor of Home Lands (bi-monthly country church magazine), 1918-1924, also of Home Missions Today and Tomorrow.


Member Chi Alpha fraternity.


Married Florence Vorpe 1913. Children: Sarah Frances, Warren Wilson.

Hermann Nelson Morse

Sarah (Smith) Morse

Florence Vorpe 1913

Sarah Frances Morse

Warren Wilson Morse