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Moody, Dwight Lyman (1837–1899)

  1. James E. Bruce

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0931

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Bruce, J. E. 2011. Moody, Dwight Lyman (1837–1899). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Dwight Lyman Moody, a famous evangelist, was born on February 5, 1837, in Northfield, Massachusetts, and lived there until 1856, when he moved to Chicago. After a time as a shoe salesman, Moody became a fulltime, albeit unpaid, missionary in Chicago with the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in the early 1860s. Soon well over 1,000 children were attending Sunday school each week. During the American Civil War, Moody, along with the YMCA, ministered to thousands of soldiers from both sides of the conflict, both locally at Camp Douglas and nationally.


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