Haywood, John Wilfred was born on July 4, 1883 in Madry County, Tennessee, United States. Son of Charles and Jennie (Kennedy) Haywood.
Bachelor of Arts, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, 1903, A.M., Bachelor of Sacred Theology, 1911, S.T.D., 1925, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1940. Honorary Doctor of Divinity Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia., 1926.
Ordained to ministry of Methodist Church, 1910. Pastor Brooklyn, New York, 1911-1912, Marshall, Texas, 1912-1917. Dean Wiley College, Marshall, Texas, 1917-1919.
Professor education, Morgan College, Baltimore, Maryland., 1920-1924, dean 1924-1936. President Morristown Junior College, Morristown, Tennessee, 1936-1934.
Married Lottie J. Burnett, August 4, 1904. Children: John Wilfred, Rendall Burnett, Violet G. (Mistress Violet H. Bate).