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William Eleazar Barton

Clergyman

William Eleazar Barton, American clergyman. member American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.

Background

Barton, William Eleazar was born on June 28, 1861 in Sublette, Illinois, United States. Son of Doctor Jacob B. and Helen (Methven) Barton.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Berea College, 1885, Master of Science, 1888, A.M., 1890. Bachelor of Divinity, Oberlin Theological Seminary, 1890. Doctor of Divinity, Berea, 1895.

Doctor of Laws, Knox, 1913, Drury, 1923. Doctor of Letters, Carleton, 1924.

Career

Died November 7, 1925). Children—Bruce, Charles William, Helen (Mistress Clyde S. Stilwell), Fred B., Robert S. Ordained Congleton ministry, 1885. Pastor Robbins, Tennessee, 1885-1887, Litchfield, O., 1887-1890, Wellington, O., 1890-1893, Shawmut Congressional Church, Boston, 1893-1899, First Church, Oak Park, Illinois, March 1, 1899-August 31, 1924.

Made tour around the world, 1925. Associate editor Bibliotheca Sacra. Editor pastors’ department of The Advance, 1904-1912, editor-in-chief, same, 1913-1917, when it was merged with the Congregationalist, and since correspondent editor the Congregationalist and Advance.

Lecturer on applied practical theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1905-1909. On ecclesiastical law, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1911-1924. On staff Youth’s Companion, 1900-1917 and since 1925.

Corporate member American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Vice president Congressional S.S. and Public Society, 1899-1905, American Peace Society, 1898-1915. Director Congressional Ednl.

Society, 1894-1915, Illinois Home Missionary Society, 1900-1906 (president 1906), Chicago Theological Seminary, 1900-1910. Trustee Berea College, since 1896. Vice president American Missionary Association, 1913-1914.

President Trustees Union Theological College, since 1916. Delegate National Congressional Council, 1895, 98, 04, 07, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29. Secretary commission of 19 on polity, and principal author of the Kansas City Creed, 1913.

Delegate to International Council, 1899-1930, and author of its constitution, 1920. Delegate Tri-Church Union, 1906-1907. Moderator National Council Congressional Churches, 1921-1923.

Delegate to World Conference on Faith and Order (Lausanne), 1927. Author: Life of the Hills of Kentucky, 1889. The Improvement of Perfection, 1900.

I Go A-Fishing, 1901. Jesus of Nazareth, His Life and the Scenes of His Ministry, 1904. Four Weeks of Family Worship, 1906.

(with Sydney Strong and Theo. G. Soares) His Last Week. His Life; His Friends.

His Great Apostle, 1906-1907. Pocket Congregational Manual, 1910. The Law of Congregational Usage, 1915.

Congregational Creeds and Covenants, 1917. The Parables of Safed the Sage, 1917. The Soul of Abraham Lincoln, 1919.

Wit and Wisdom of Safed the Sage, 1919. Abraham Lincoln and His Books, 1920. The Paternity of Abraham Lincoln, 1920.

Safed and Keturah, 1921. The Life of Clara Barton, 1921. More Parables of Safed the Sage, 1923.

Life of Lincoln (2 vols.), 1925. Fun and Philosophy of Safed the Sage, 1925. My Faith in Immortality, 1926.

A Beautiful Blunder—the True Story of Lincoln’s Letter to Mistress Bixby, 1926. The Great Good Man, (Young Folks’ Life of Lincoln), 1927. And many others. Editor: The Young Folks’ Bible Library (8 vols.), 1911.

Zachary Taylor (hitherto unpublished address by Abraham Lincoln). The Influence of Chicago on Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman, 1928.

The Father of His Country (Young people’s Life of Washington), 1928. Abraham Lincoln and the Hooker Letter, 1928. The Lincoln of the Biographers, with a Bibliography of Lincoln Biographies, 1929.

The Lineage of Lincoln, 1929. Lincoln at Gettysburg, 1930. Lecturer on Biographical Leadership and Practical Theology, Vanderbilt University, since 1928.

Organizer, 1928, and minister Collegeside Church, Nashville, Tennessee Home: Oak Park, Illinois, and Foxboro, Mass.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Associate editor Bibliotheca Sacra. Editor pastors’ department of The Advance, 1904-1912, editor-in-chief, same, 1913-1917, when it was merged with the Congregationalist, and since correspondent editor the Congregationalist and Advance. Lecturer on applied practical theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1905-1909.On ecclesiastical law, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1911-1924. On staff Youth’s Companion, 1900-1917 and since 1925. Corporate member American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.Vice president Congressional S.S. and Public Society, 1899-1905, American Peace Society, 1898-1915. Director Congressional Ednl. Society, 1894-1915, Illinois Home Missionary Society, 1900-1906 (president 1906), Chicago Theological Seminary, 1900-1910.Trustee Berea College, since 1896. Vice president American Missionary Association, 1913-1914. President Trustees Union Theological College, since 1916.Delegate National Congressional Council, 1895, 98, 04, 07, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29. Secretary commission of 19 on polity, and principal author of the Kansas City Creed, 1913. Delegate to International Council, 1899-1930, and author of its constitution, 1920.Delegate Tri-Church Union, 1906-1907. Moderator National Council Congressional Churches, 1921-1923. Delegate to World Conference on Faith and Order (Lausanne), 1927.Author: Life of the Hills of Kentucky, 1889. The Improvement of Perfection, 1900. I Go A-Fishing, 1901.Jesus of Nazareth, His Life and the Scenes of His Ministry, 1904. Four Weeks of Family Worship, 1906. (with Sydney Strong and Theo.G. Soares) His Last Week. His Life

Membership

Member American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.

Connections

Married Esther Treat Bushnell, July 23, 1885. Children: Bruce, Charles William, Helen (Mistress Clyde S. Stilwell), Fred B., Robert S. Ordained Congleton.

father:
Doctor Jacob B. Barton

mother:
Helen (Methven) Barton

spouse:
Esther Treat Bushnell

child:
Bruce Barton

child:
Charles William Barton

child:
Helen Barton (Mistress Clyde S. Stilwell)

child:
Fred B. Barton

child:
Robert S. Ordained Congl Barton