Douglas, Lloyd C. (Lloyd Cassel), 1877-1951

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Birth 1877-08-27
Death 1951-02-13

Biographical notes:

Popular novelist, author of The Robe and Magnificent Obsession, and minister of the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor (Mich.).

From the description of Lloyd Cassel Douglas papers, 1900-1954. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34420907

Author, clergyman. Pastor of First Congregational Church, Ann Arbor, 1915-1921.

From the description of Lloyd C. Douglas papers, 1944-1949? (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 68795865

From the description of Papers, 1944-1949? (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34367845

Lloyd C. Douglas was born August 27, 1877 in Columbia City, Indiana. He graduated from Wittenberg College (B.A., 1900 and M.A., 1903) and Hamma Divinity School (B.D., 1903). He was ordained a Lutheran minister and became pastor of Zion Church in North Manchester, Indiana (1903-1905). He then moved on to the First Church of Lancaster, Ohio (1905-1908) and the Lutheran Memorial Church in Washington DC (1908-1911). While in Washington, Douglas also served as chaplain of the First Infantry of the District of Columbia. From 1911 to 1915, he was director of religious work at the University of Illinois. From 1915 to 1921. From here, he next pastored at the First Church in Akron, Ohio, the First Church in Los Angeles, and St. James United Church in Montreal.

Douglas was a talented preacher and writer. His first publications were solely religious or spiritual in nature. In 1929, he completed his first novel Magnificent Obsession which became an immense best-seller. With the success of this volume and of his second novel Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Douglas eventually earned enough that he could quit the ministry to become a full-time writer. Douglas intended his novels to be spiritually uplifting and his popularity continued with such titles as Green Light, White Banners, Disputed Passage, and Doctor Hudson's Secret Journal. His last two novels - The Robe and The Big Fisherman - were based upon characters and situations from the New Testament. He died Feb. 13, 1951.

From the guide to the Lloyd C. Douglas Papers, 1900-1954, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)


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