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Ira Mathews Boswell

Clergyman , educator

Ira Mathews Boswell, American clergyman, educator. Awarded Faculty Key for distinguished services. Mason ( Knights Templar, Shriner), K. of Philisophy, Woodman, Red Manitoba.


Boswell, Ira Mathews was born on April 28, 1866 in Columbus, Mississippi, United States. Son of Ira Mathews and Jane (Goodrich) Boswell.


Student Kentucky (now Transylvania) U. and College of the Bible, Lexington, Kentucky. Special studies under Doctor Clinton Lockhart. Doctor of Divinity, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, 1926.


Ordained ministry Christian (Disciples) Church, 1898. Pastor Meridian, Mississippi, Selma, Alabama, Port Gibson, Mississippi, 1899-1903, Chattanooga, 1903-1916, Georgetown, Kentucky, 1916-1935. Professor of Old Testaments, Christian doctrine and general apologetics, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, since 1939.

Organized Juvenile Court, Chattanooga, an organizer of Chattanooga bureau of Municipal Research. Chaplain South Carolina.V. of Tennessee, rank of colonel. Has delivered addresses at nat. and international conventions of the Christian Church.

Selected by committee of Tennessee preachers to affirm the scripturalness of instrumental music in church worship in debate lasting 5 nights. Member of advisory committee of Christian Women’s Benevolent Association of St. Louis, Yotsuya Missions, Japan. Trustee Cincinnati Bible Seminary.

Dedicated the Dixie Highway, Cincinnati, September 1921. Director Dixie Highway Association. Director Cincinnati Lookout Mount Air-line Highway Association.

Member Pi Gamma Mu, Kappa Sigma.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Recollections of a Redheaded Man, 1915. God’s Purpose Toward Us, 1927. Flaming Hearts, and Other Sermons, 1939.


Mason ( Knights Templar, Shriner), K. of Philisophy, Woodman, Red Manitoba.


Married Lucie Cross Mimms, December 30, 1899. Children: Lady Louise (Mistress Whitney Dunlap), Sarah Goodrich (Mistress Jonathan Riddick Sanderlin).

Ira Mathews Boswell

Jane (Goodrich) Boswell

Lucie Cross Mimms

Lady Louise Boswell (Mistress Whitney Dunlap)

Sarah Goodrich Boswell (Mistress Jonathan Riddick Sanderlin)