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Loyal Lincoln Wirt

clergyman , publicist

Loyal Lincoln Wirt, American clergyman, publicist. Decorated Near East Relief Service medal. Fellow Royal Geography Society; member American Academy Political and Social Science; Mason.


Wirt, Loyal Lincoln was born on May 3, 1863 in Lamont, Michigan, United States. Son of David and Sarah Osborne (Potter) Wirt.


Student Jamestown (North Dakota) College, 1886-1887. Bachelor of Divinity, Pacific Theological Seminary, Oakland, California, 1890. Doctor of Science, Armour Institute Technology, Chicago, 1912.

Doctor of Divinity, Pacific School of Religion, 1925.


Ordained Congleton ministry, 1890. California state superintendent Congressional Sunday school and Public Society, 1890-1898. Territorial superintendent Alaska Missions, 1898-1900.

United States commissioner of education, Alaska, 1900. Pastor Wharf St. Congressional Church, Brisbane, Australia, 1901-1907, Harrow, England, 1908. Associate pastor First Church, Oakland, California, 1909-1912.

Lecturing and writing, 1913-1917. With American Red Cross, title of captain, 1917-1918. With Near East Relief service, 1918-1924.

Western secretary National Council for Prevention of War, 1924-1930. Director Golden Rule Foundation, 1930-1940. Established first hospital at Nome, Alaska, 1899, and first Public school north of the Yukon River.

First white man to cross Alaska in winter—1200 miles, Cape Prince of Wales to Pacific Ocean—to secure doctors, nurses and food, 1899, to relieve starvation, first gold rush to Cape Nome. Organized international movement for relief of war orphans and refugess in Near East, and established branches in Hawaii, Japan, China, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand, and had charge of first shipload of food and clothing from Australia to Constantinople. Raised over $2,000,000 for post-war relief, Founder Casa Colina Home for Crippled Children.


  • Author: As a Nation Thinketh. Alaskan Adventures

  • The World is My Parish.


Fellow Royal Geography Society. Member American Academy Political and Social Science. Mason.; Clubs: Scrooby.


Married Harriet Eliot Benton, October 6, 1890. Children: Joseph Benton, George Boynton (deceased), Williston, Monica Alexandra, Lincoln Brown, Sherwood Eliot.

David Wirt

Sarah Osborne (Potter) Wirt

Harriet Eliot Benton

Joseph Benton Wirt

George Boynton Wirt (deceased)

Williston Wirt

Monica Alexandra Wirt

Lincoln Brown Wirt

Sherwood Eliot Wirt