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date: 17 September 2019

Swomley, John Montgomery, Jr.locked

(31 May 1915–16 August 2010)
  • Joe P. Dunn

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Swomley, John Montgomery, Jr. (31 May 1915–16 August 2010), methodist minister and peace activist, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to John Montgomery Swomley, Sr., and Florence Edna Forsyth Swomley. He grew up active in his local Methodist church, attended Harrisburg public schools, and entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, at age seventeen. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1936, he enrolled at Dickinson Law School but withdrew during the first year. Instead he attended Boston University School of Theology in 1938–1939, where he became a pacifist, student activist organizer, and the vice president of the National Council of Methodist Youth (NCMY). After a brief summer experience as an assistant pastor in Dearborn, Michigan, he began in 1940 a long career with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith peace activist organization, where he served as the youth secretary in the national office in New York City, as well as retaining his position with the NCMY....

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