Moody, Dwight Lyman, 1837-1899

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American evangelist and publisher.

From the description of Dwight L. Moody letter to Will Owen Jones [manuscript], 1898 June 15. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 648018911

Dwight Lyman Moody was an American evangelist. Born in Massachusetts, he achieved some success in business in Chicago, where he became involved in Sunday school and later was a popular public speaker. Although not an ordained minister, he recruited Ira Sankey, and the two toured America and England, Sankey singing hymns and Moody preaching with a simple, upbeat message that proved extremely popular. The two preached before enormous crowds, and converted thousands to Christianity. His legacy lives on in several religious instututions he founded.

From the description of D.L. Moody signature, circa 1861-1899? (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61356044

Dwight Lyman Moody was born in Northfield, Massachusetts in 1837. After organizing his own mission Sunday School in 1859, he devoted his life to evangelism, leading campaigns across the United States and Great Britain. He established two schools in Northfield: Northfield Seminary for young women and Northfield Mount Hermon School for older boys. In 1887, he founded the Chigcago Evangelization Society, which operated the Bible Training School later known as the Moody Bible Institute. Moody died on December 22, 1899 in Northfield Massachusetts.

From the description of Dwight L. Moody papers, 1852-1965 (inclusive). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702165163

Evangelist.

From the description of Papers of Dwight Lyman Moody, 1864-1937 (bulk 1864-1899). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451917

Chicago, Illinois, clergyman.

From the description of Dwight Lyman Moody letters, 1872. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34422077

Biographical Note

  • 1837, Feb. 5, 1837: Born, East Northfield, Mass.
  • 1854: Moved to Boston, Mass.
  • 1856: Moved to Chicago, Ill., and converted to evangelical Christianity
  • 1861 - 1873 : Gave up business to engage in missionary work with the YMCA; founded Moody Church
  • 1870: Teamed up with hymn writer Ira D. Sankey to conduct Christian revival tours (made extended tours of Great Britain, 1873–1875 and 1881–1884)
  • 1879: Founded Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies, Northfield, Mass.
  • 1881: Founded Mount Hermon School for Boys, Mount Hermon, Mass.
  • 1889: Founded Chicago Bible Institute (later Moody Bible Institute).
  • Dec. 22, 1899,: Died, Northfield, Mass.

From the guide to the Dwight Lyman Moody Papers, 1864-1937, (bulk 1864-1899), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

  • 1837 February 5: Born in Northfield, Massachusetts
  • 1854: Left home to work for uncle in Boston
  • 1856: Moved to Chicago
  • 1859: Organized his own mission Sunday School
  • 1860: Renounced his success in business, devoted himself to the evangelizing of Chicago
  • 1861: Married Emma C. Revell, who became the mother of his three children: Emma Reynolds, William Revell and Paul Dwight.
  • 1871: Great Chicago fire influenced Moody's decision to expand his work beyond the city of Chicago
  • 1872: Visit to Great Britain
  • 1873: Returned to Great Britain with Ira D. Sankey to conduct evangelistic campaigns
  • 1875: Returned to United States as a well-known evangelist
  • 1875 - 1899 : Using Northfield as a home base, travelled throughout United States leading evangelistic campaigns
  • 1879: Began his efforts to establish two schools in Northfield: Northfield Seminary for young women and Mt. Hermon for older boys
  • 1886 - 1888 : Annual summer conferences at the Northfield schools included special sessions for college students from which the Student Volunteer Movement arose
  • 1887: Chicago Evangelization Society founded which operated the Bible training school later known as Moody Bible Institute
  • 1899 December 22: Moody died in Northfield, Massachusetts

From the guide to the Dwight L. Moody Papers, 1854-1968, (Yale University Divinity School Library)

Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899) was an American Protestant clergyman and evangelist.

Born in Northfield, Massachusetts, Moody settled in Chicago in 1856 where he became successful in business and active in reliogious work. He withdrew from business in 1861 to devote his full energies to city missionary work. During the Civil War he acted as agent of the United States Christian Commission and was also secretary of the YMCA.

In 1867, while in England, Moody carried on evangelistic work. In 1870 he became associated with Ira D. Sankey, organist and singer. Together they made two notable tours of England (1873-1875 and 1881-1883), and held meetings in many parts of the United States. Their collections of gospel hymns were well received.

In 1879 Moody established Northfield Seminary for Young Women, the first of a chain of educational institutions of his planning. Mount Hermon School for Young Men was added in 1881, and the Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions in 1889. He also inaugurated the Students' Conference and the Christian Workers' Conference in Northfield.

Moody was married to Emma C. Revell, with whom he had three children: Emma Moody Fitt, William Revell Moody, and Paul Dwight Moody, who became President of Middlebury College.

From the guide to the Dwight Lyman Moody Collection, 1876-1968, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Reuben Archer Torrey collection, 1882-1983. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Moody Memorial Church (Chicago, Ill.). Records of Moody Memorial Church, 1864-1987. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Large, Arthur W., 1881- . Papers, 1916-1961. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Metcalf, Irving Wight, 1855-1938. Papers, 1877-1937. Oberlin College Library
referencedIn James Wesley Cooper papers, 1787-1925, 1787-1916 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Jedediah Hotchkiss Papers, 1835-1908, (bulk 1875-1898) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Robert McBurney papers., 1864-1937 University of Minnesota. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. [ymca]
referencedIn First Church in Windsor (Windsor, Conn.). First Church in Windsor records, 1843-1969. Windsor Historical Society
referencedIn Morris, George Perry,. Papers, 1843-1918. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Christian Catholic Apostolic Church in Zion. Zion City (Ill.) records, 1890-1974, (bulk 1899-1907). Newberry Library
referencedIn Clothier, Clarkson, 1846-1917. Collection, 1895-1909. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Talmage, Thomas DeWitt, 1832-1902. Sermons of Thomas DeWitt Talmage [manuscript] 1869-1934. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Drummond, Henry, 1851-1897. Henry Drummond letters to S. S. McClure [manuscript], 1894, undated. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Evans, Anna Maria, ca. 1828-ca. 1905. Anna Maria Evans papers, 1835-1914 (bulk 1855-1895). Library of Congress
referencedIn Hymn writers and composers collection, 1878-1975. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
creatorOf Dwight L. Moody Papers, 1854-1968 Yale University Divinity School Library
referencedIn Cooper, James Wesley, 1842-1916. James Wesley Cooper papers, 1787-1925 (inclusive), 1787-1916 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Ingles, Charles John. Charles J. Ingles journals, 1884-1897. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956. Cecil Lang Collection of Vanity Fair Illustrations [picture], 1868-1914. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dwight Lyman Moody Collection, 1876-1968 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago records, 1853-1980. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Broadus, John Albert, 1827-1895. Letters to the Rev. Broadus [microform] 1850-94. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Sermon and Prayer Meeting Diary, 1875 North Carolina State University. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn McCormick, Nettie Fowler, 1835-1923. Nettie Fowler McCormick correspondence, 1775-1939. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Dutilh, Emily,. [Scrapbook of clippings relaring to the Civil War, Lincoln, Grant and Moody, 1863-1885]. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Ingram, Orrin H. (Orrin Henry), 1830-1918. Papers, 1857-1904. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Henry Oscar Houghton papers, 1773-1932 (bulk 1833-1895) Houghton Library
creatorOf Mt. Vernon Congregational Church (Boston, Mass.). Records, 1842-1970. Morris Brown College
referencedIn Berkeley, Anne Poe, 1856-1938,. Papers of the Berkeley family [manuscript], 1788-1962 (bulk 1861-1932). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Charles K. Ober papers., 1882-1948, (bulk 1882-1890). University of Minnesota. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. [ymca]
referencedIn Walker, George Leon, 1830-1900. George Leon Walker and Williston Walker papers, 1722-1922. Yale University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Dwight Lyman Moody collection, 1877, 1891, 1893, n.d. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
creatorOf Moody, Dwight Lyman, 1837-1899. Dwight L. Moody papers, 1852-1965 (inclusive). Yale University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Drake, Elias Franklin, 1813-1892. Elias Franklin Drake and family papers, 1814-1917. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Henry Wellington Stough collection, 1911-1939. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Blaine, Anita McCormick. Correspondence and papers, 1828-1958. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Carnegie Hall (New York, N.Y.). "Moody mass meeting." Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Dwight Lyman Moody Papers, 1864-1937, (bulk 1864-1899) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Ira David Sankey collection, 1887, 1894. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
creatorOf Deland, Margaret Wade Campbell, 1857-1945. Papers : of Margaret Wade Campbell Deland, 1888-1945. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Moody, Dwight Lyman, 1837-1899. Letter to Mr. Thatcher. Mount Hermon Boy's School, Norhfield, MA. 1886 Dec. 3. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Sermon and Prayer Meeting Diary 1875. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Ober, Charles K. (Charles Kellogg), b. 1856. Charles K. Ober papers, 1882-1948 (bulk 1882-1890). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Charles E.L. Wingate papers, 1821-1919 (bulk 1892-1898) Houghton Library
referencedIn Billy Sunday collection, 1908-1989. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
creatorOf Moody, Dwight Lyman, 1837-1899. Copies of Letters in the interest of college work sent by Mr. Moody, 1888-1896. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Dwight Lyman Moody collection, 1899, 1900, 1917. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Moody, Dwight Lyman, 1837-1899. Dwight L. Moody letter to Will Owen Jones [manuscript], 1898 June 15. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf McBurney, Robert Ross, 1837-1898. Robert McBurney papers, 1864-1937. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Hotchkiss, Jedediah, 1828-1899. Jedediah Hotchkiss papers, 1835-1908 (bulk 1875-1898). Library of Congress
referencedIn Morton, Emma Little, 1846-. Papers, n.d. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Smith, Judson, 1837-1906. Papers of Judson Smith, 1878-1913. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Ripley, Rick. Breaking up the fallow ground : the Providence revivals of Dwight L. Moody and Billy Sunday : typescript, 1975 / Rick Ripley. Rhode Island Historical Society
referencedIn Ferris, Morris Patterson, Mrs., 1855-1932. Correspondence, 1888-[ca. 1930] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Moody, Dwight Lyman, 1837-1899. Papers of Dwight Lyman Moody, 1864-1937 (bulk 1864-1899). Library of Congress
referencedIn [Miscellaneous pamphlets on D.L. Moody]. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Newspaper clippings concerning Moody and Sankey : Providence, 1874-1878. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Moody, Dwight Lyman, 1837-1899. Dwight Lyman Moody letters, 1872. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Dunnington, F. P. (Francis Perry), 1851-1944. Papers of Francis Perry Dunnington [manuscript], 1867-1928. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn McCormick, Cyrus Hall, 1809-1884. Correspondence and subject file, 1788-1939. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn George Leon Walker and Williston Walker Papers, 1722-1922 Yale University Divinity School Library
referencedIn Anna Maria Evans Papers, 1835-1914, (bulk 1855-1895) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Moody, Dwight Lyman, 1837-1899. D.L. Moody signature, circa 1861-1899? Pennsylvania State University Libraries
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correspondedWith Houghton, Henry Oscar, 1823-1895 person
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associatedWith Ingram, Orrin H. (Orrin Henry), 1830-1918. person
associatedWith Jones, Will Owen, 1862-1928, person
associatedWith Large, Arthur W., 1881- . person
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associatedWith McCormick, Nettie Fowler, 1835-1923. person
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associatedWith Morton, Emma Little, 1846- person
associatedWith Mount Hermon School. corporateBody
associatedWith Mt. Vernon Congregational Church (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Northfield school, East Northfield, Mass. corporateBody
associatedWith Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies. corporateBody
associatedWith Ober, Charles K. (Charles Kellogg), b. 1856. person
associatedWith Rankin, Henry William. person
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associatedWith Sankey, Ira David, 1840-1908. person
associatedWith Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891. person
associatedWith Smith, Gypsy. person
associatedWith Smith, Gypsy. person
associatedWith Smith, Judson, 1837-1906. person
associatedWith Speer, Robert E. (Robert Elliott), 1867-1947. person
associatedWith Studd, J. E. Kynaston. person
associatedWith Studd, J. E. Kynaston. person
associatedWith Sunday, Billy, 1862-1935. person
associatedWith Talmage, Thomas DeWitt, 1832-1902. person
associatedWith Walker, George Leon, 1830-1900. person
associatedWith Whittle, D. W. (Daniel Webster), 1840-1901. person
associatedWith Wingate, Charles E. L. (Charles Edgar Lewis), b. 1861 person
associatedWith YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. corporateBody
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