Oxnam, Rev. G. Bromley

Signed photo of the eminent liberal Protestant churchman, a founder of American University

Price: $15.00

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(1891-1963) American Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop 1936-63. His long career as a major liberal ecclesiastical leader brought him national and international acclaim and controversy, as during his spirited defense of civil liberties in the 1950s. Vigorous, charismatic President of DePauw University 1928-36 with strong convictions and a forceful speaking style. An ardent advocate of world peace and social reform, he ordered participation in ROTC voluntary rather than compulsory. After outcries from the American Legion and similar organizations, he called upon the trustees to abolish the entire program, done in 1934. One of 6 founding presidents of the World Council of Churches, he served as president of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America and was presiding officer at the 1950 founding meeting of the National Council of Churches. In a 1953 speech on the House floor, Rep. Donald L. Jackson (R-CA) stated: "The good bishop has been to the Communist front what Man O' War was to…horse racing." Bishop Oxnam demanded a public hearing before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), called Jackson a liar, and vigorously attacked Committee members during 6 hours of verbal combat before hundreds of applauding fellow churchmen. The Committee unanimously announced it had no record of Communist membership by Bishop Oxnam. In 1958, he helped found the School of International Service (SIS) at American University, the national Methodist university in Washington, and convinced the General Conference of The Methodist Church to contribute over $1M for the school's creation. He was responsible for relocation of Westminster Theological Seminary to Washington on land belonging to American University, renamed Wesley Theological Seminary. SP, ¾ length 10 x 8 portrait in clerical attire signed at lower right in dark area. IMAGE NOTE: signature cannot be seen in this image as it is signed in dark area of the photo (under his left hand) but it is most apparent. A different lighter image can be sent which will show the autograph if requested.

Condition: Very good, lower left corner bend
Type:Photograph






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