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Douglas, Lloyd Cassel (27 August 1877–13 February 1951), minister and novelist, was born in Columbia City, Indiana, the son of Alexander Jackson Douglas, a minister and educator, and Sarah Jane Cassel, a teacher. His father had been a farmer, school superintendent, lawyer, and state senator before becoming pastor of a rural Lutheran church; his mother smothered young Lloyd with “maternal supervision,” and he grew up a solemn and sheltered child. By working at various jobs, especially playing the organ, Douglas put himself through Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio, and the Hamma Divinity School, a Lutheran seminary connected with Wittenberg, receiving his B.A. in 1900 and his B.D. in 1903....

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Finn, Francis James (04 October 1859–02 November 1928), Roman Catholic priest and novelist, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of John Finn, a civic official, and Mary Josephine Whyte. Finn, whose parents were immigrants from Ireland, grew up during the Civil War. His father served on the board of aldermen, was president of the board of health, was marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and on one occasion was the Democratic candidate for mayor of the city. While his prosperous parents were strong Unionists, under the influence of his tutor, Constance Condron, young Finn developed a sympathy for the South. Throughout his life he took the side of the underdog....

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Ingraham, Joseph Holt (26 January 1809–18 December 1860), novelist and minister, was born in Portland, Maine, the son of James Milk Ingraham, a merchant, and Elizabeth Thurston. The second generation of a successful merchant and shipping family, the Ingrahams moved to Hallowell, Maine, in 1818. There Ingraham attended Hallowell Academy, studying languages and classics in preparation for college. His family’s status offered him many opportunities, and at least once, at age seventeen, he traveled to South America aboard one of his grandfather’s ships. In 1828 Ingraham entered Yale but remained for only one year before being dismissed for misconduct....

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Judd, Sylvester (23 July 1813–26 January 1853), novelist and Unitarian minister, was born in Westhampton, Massachusetts, the son of Apphia Hall and Sylvester Judd II, who in 1822 became proprietor of the one newspaper in nearby Northampton. Judd began preparing for the Congregational ministry at Yale College (1832–1836) but was converted to Unitarianism in 1837. At Harvard Divinity School (1837–1840) he came under the influence of ...

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Pelley, William Dudley (12 March 1890–01 July 1965), novelist, religious and political leader, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of William George Apsey Pelley, a Methodist minister and printer, and Grace Goodale. Pelley's family lived in several Massachusetts communities during Dudley's childhood. He dropped out of Springfield Technical High School during his sophomore year at the behest of his father, who needed his son to help him in a toilet paper factory he co-owned....