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Lewis Seymour Mudge


Lewis Seymour Mudge, American church official.


Mudge, Lewis Seymour was born on August 24, 1868 in Yonkers, New York, United States. Son of Review Lewis Ward (Doctor of Divinity) and Elizabeth (Seymour) M.


Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1889, fellow experimental science, 1889-1890, Master of Arts, 1890. Instructor mathematics, Princeton, 1892-1894. Graduate Princeton Theological Seminary, 1895.

Doctor of Divinity, Franklin and Marshall, 1910. Doctor of Laws, Lafayette College, and University of Dubuque, 1923.


1 son, Lewis Seymour, Junior Ordained Presbyterian ministry, 1895. Pastor First Church, Beverly, New Jersey, 1895-1899, First Church, Trenton, 1899-1901, First Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1908-1914, Pine Street Church, Harrisburg, 1914-1921. Moderator Synod of Pennsylvania, 1913-1914.

Member Board of Education of Presbyterian Church, 1900-1903. Member General Board of Education, 1918-1920. Member executive commission Presbyterian Church, 1920-1921.

Stated clerk of General Assembly Preshyn. Church United States of America, 1921-1938. Stated clerk emeritus since 1938.

Secretary General Council Presbyterian General Assembly United States of America, 1923-1938. Secretary Department of Church Cooperation and Union, 1923-1938, member, 1923-1943. Member Joint Committee on Organic Union with Protestant Episcopal Church since 1937 (chairman drafting committee).

Member Joint Committee on Reunion with Southern Presbyterian Church (chairman drafting committee). Moderator General Assembly, 1931-1932. Acting general secretary Board of Christian Education, 1938-1940.

Secretary Sesquicentennial Fund for Christian Education ($10,000,000 raised), 1938-1941. Lecturer on ecclesiastical theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, since 1935. Secretary Joint Committee on Organic Union of Presbyterian Church in United States of America and Presbyterian Church of N. America, 1930-1934.

Secretary special commission appointed by Presbyterian General Assembly, 1924, for “purity, peace, unity and progress”. Trustee of Presbyterian General Assembly since 1921. Speaker under Young Men’s Christian Association at military camps, World War.


  • Other Work

    • Editor, 1921-1938, of The Constitution, The Digest. Co-author: Manual of Law of Presbyterian Church United States of America. Author pamphlets and papers on ecclesiastical law and procedure, published addresses and sermons.


Member of Executive Committee Federal Council Churches of America. Member Commision on Church Unity and Race Relations. Member continuation coms. of Faith and Order and of Life and Work conferences.

Member Provisional Committee, World Council of Churches. Member World Alliance of Presbyterian Churches Preacher 1st Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, since 1939. Member Society Founders and Patriots, Phi Beta Kappa.

Clubs: Cleric, Phi Alpha, Adelphoi.


Married Caroline Denny Paxton, February 11, 1896 (died September 22, 1922). Married second, Anne Evelyn Bolton, December 17, 1925.

Review Lewis Ward Mudge

Caroline Denny Paxton

Anne Evelyn Bolton