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Clergyman , educator

Lynn Townsend White, American clergyman, educator.


White, Lynn Townsend was born on July 12, 1876 in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Son of William Orlando and Letitia Dalton (Lynn) White.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Tennessee, 1897. Secretary Southern Biblical Assembly, 1897. Young Men’s Christian Association secretary 4th Tennessee Volumes, Spanish-American War, 1898.

Graduate Union Theological Seminary, 1901. Studied Columbia University, 1900. Doctor of Divinity, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, 1916. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1927.


Ordained Presbyterian ministry, 1903. Pastor Fall River Mills, California, 1903-1905.

Superintendent church extension, Presbytery of San Francisco, California, 1906-1908. Pastor 1st Church, San Rafael, California, 1908-1920. Margaret S. Dollar professor Christian Social Ethics, San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1920-1948, emeritus. Attended Institute of International Relations, Geneva, Switz., 1925.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to religious periodicals.


Served as Young Men’s Christian Association secretary in France (5th Marines) January-December 1918. Member of commission on worship, commission on social service, Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America. Former chairman sections on delinquency, industrial relations, hot cargo and secondary boycott, Quarterly Luncheon chairman, Commonwealth.

Member. Phi Gamma Delta.; Mason.; Clubs: Commonwealth of California, Meadow.


Married Mary A. Tarrant, December 31, 1904.1 son, Lynn Townsend.

William Orlando White

Letitia Dalton (Lynn) White

Mary A. Tarrant