George D. Herron
George Davis Herron(January 21, 1862 – October 9, 1925) was a clergyman, activist, educator, radical proponent of the Social Gospel, and prominent advocate of Christian socialism. He and his wife Carrie founded the Rand School of Social Research.
Herron was born in 1862, in Montezuma, Indiana. He was educated in Ripon College, Wisconsin. Entering the Congregational ministry in 1883, he held pastorates at Lake City, Minnesota, and Burlington, Iowa. (1891–93).
Becoming interested in social questions he wrote (1891), "The Message of Jesus to Men of Wealth," which at once aroused widespread interest, and led to his forming a social crusade by lecturing and preaching in the churches through all parts of the country. Passionate utterance and brilliant thought brought large and rapt audiences. In 1893 he was chosen to the Chair of Applied Christianity of Iowa College, Grinnell, endowed by Mrs. Elizabeth Rand. His views at this time were those of a radical and intense Christian socialism, but as they continually grew more radical and extreme, great opposition was developed in religious circles. In 1901, owing to Dr. Herron's separation from his wife and marriage to the daughter of Mrs. Rand, Carrie, Dr. Herron was deposed from the ministry. Afterwards, he renounced his belief in Christianity as a distinctive religion.
Shortly after his marriage to Carrie the couple moved to Italy, after being pronounced guilty of "immoral and unChristian conduct".
Herron had a good working relationship with President Woodrow Wilson, whom appointed Herron along with William Allen White as emissaries of the United States to meet with Bolshevik leaders at Prinkipo.
- The Message of Jesus to Men of Wealth, (1891)
- The Larger Christ, (1891)
- The Call of the Cross, (1892)
- The New Redemption, (1893)
- The Christian Society, (1894)
- The Christian State, (1895)
- Between Caesar and Jesus, (1899)
- The Social Gospel and the Progressive Era
- (2004) The Kingdom is Always But Coming: A Life of Walter Rauschenbusch. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 329. ISBN 978-0802847362.
- Herron, George Davis
- The New Encyclopedia of Social Reform: Including All Social-reform Movements and Activities, and the Economic, Industrial, and Sociological Facts and Statistics of All Countries and All Social Subjects
- The Morality of Modern Socialism
- Allied Propaganda and the Collapse of the German Empire in 1918
- W.A. WHITE FAVORS GIVING REDS ROPE; Believes Bolsheviki Should Be Allowed to Develop Their Regime in Russia. 7 PRINKIPO DELEGATES NOW British Name Canadian Premier --Italy and France Are Sending Diplomats to Parleys. W.A. WHITE FAVORS GIVING REDS ROPE, The New York Times
- New Outlook, Volume 121, 1919
- A Consuming Faith: The Social Gospel and Modern American Culture