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Strong, Josiah (1847–1916)

  1. James Anthony Patterson

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1324

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Patterson, J. A. 2011. Strong, Josiah (1847–1916). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


American. Born in Naperville, Illinois, to Josiah and Elizabeth Strong. He was a descendant of Elder John Strong, one of the early settlers in 17th century Puritan Massachusetts. Josiah's parents moved the family to Hudson, Ohio, in 1852. He spent the remainder of his childhood there and experienced an evangelical conversion at the First Congregational Church as a young teen. Afterward he attended Western Reserve College in the same town. Following graduation in 1869, he enrolled at Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati. Not long after ending his studies at Lane in 1871, he married Alice Bisbee. Daughters Elsie and Margery later provided useful information on these early years in an unpublished manuscript, Josiah Strong: Social Pioneer.


  • Strong, Josiah (1847–1916);
  • pastor of a congregational church;
  • gradual christianization of American society