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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....