Truman Douglass. Builders of a Commonwealth 1911

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Truman Douglass. Builders of a Commonwealth 1911




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Truman Douglass was born in Illinois in 1842, grew up in Wisconsin, graduated from Illinois College and from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1868. He served as Pastor of the Congregational church in Osage, Iowa 1868-82. He was Superintendent of the Congregational Home Missionary Society 1882-1907, living in Grinnell, and remained active in church work after his retirement. As Superintendent he helped organize and raise money for new churches in Iowa. He was a Trustee of Grinnell College 1906-19. He died in California in 1925. May of his children and descendants attended Grinnell College. More biographical details are in the College Archives 52/D741.

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In preparing his book, Pilgrims of Iowa, published in 1911, Truman Douglass compiled extensive biographical information about Congregational ministers in Iowa up to 1900. He had hoped to publish this material in additional volumes to his book, but left only a typed manuscript.  The preface in volume I suggests further sources for information about some of the ministers.

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The 13 bound volumes are in chronological order. An alphabetical index is in an extra volume with the set, and a copy is appended to the print inventory.

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This work is now in the public domain.

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