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Charles Monroe Sheldon was born 2/26/1857 at Wellsville, NY to Stewart (Congregational pastor) & Sarah (Ward) Sheldon. After graduating from Brown U. & Andover Theological Seminary & a stint pastoring in VT, Sheldon took a Congregational pastorate in KS.  There he married Mary Merriam, 5/20/1891.

 It was also in KS he developed a Lord’s Day evening sermon series which included the question, “What would Jesus do?”  A religious magazine (Chicago) began to publish his story/sermons in weekly installments.  His famous book, In His Steps, followed (1896), which sold some 23 million copies.  In all Sheldon authored 50+ books.  He died 5/24/1946, at Topeka.

 Without endorsing social Gospel (which I do not) it’s to his credit he took a week (while pastoring) to labor here & there, to see working conditions first hand. He & his Central Congregational sponsored the first kindergarten for blacks west of the Mississippi. He (had signed a abstinence card at 7) was active in the Prohibition & Peace movements.  Sadly, he was associated with Alfred Langdon’s gubernatorial campaign.


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“Wealth is not of necessity a curse, nor poverty a blessing. Wholesome and easy abundance is better than either extreme; better that we have enough for daily comfort; enough for culture, for hospitality, for Christian charity. More than this may or may not be a blessing. Certainly it can be a blessing only by being accepted as a trust.”

And Sheldon’s most famous quote

“What would Jesus do?”

Charles Monroe Sheldon died this date, 2/24/1946.  He was born at Topeka, KS, 2/26/1857.  Sheldon attended Andover Theological Seminary.  His most famous book was In His Steps (1896).  He also authored Richest Man in Kansas (1921).

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