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Ralph Sockman



   Ralph Sockman, of Knox County, Ohio, was well-known throughout the United States during the early and middle twentieth century. In fact, his was almost a household name, at least among many radio listeners. During the 1920’s through the 1950’s, Sockman conducted the National Radio Pulpit, a Sunday morning radio program sponsored by NBC.

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George Smythe


   As a writer, George Franklin Smythe is remembered as the historian of the early years of Kenyon College. He was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1852, the son of Anson and Caroline Augusta (Fitch) Smythe. In 1874 Franklin received an A.B. degree and in 1877, an M.A., both from Western Reserve University. He was married to Anna C. Hall of Hudson, Ohio, in 1878.
   Smythe taught high school for two years in Cleveland, Ohio, and for two more years at Greylock Institute in Massachusetts. In 1885 he was ordained a deacon and the next year, a priest, in the Protestant Episcopal Church.

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Bishop Charles McIlvaine



   Charles Petit McIlvaine was an important minister, educator, and writer. He was born in New Jersey in 1799, the son of Joseph McIlvaine, a U.S. senator. Charles received most of his education in eastern schools, graduating from Princeton University. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1823, and served in many church related posts in the east, including an appointment as chaplain and professor of ethics at West Point. While in Washington, he also served as chaplain of the U. S. Senate.

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Fr. Lawrence Mulhane



   A person, according to biographer Elliott, of “eloquence and humor” was Father Lawrence Mulhane. He was born in 1856 in Massachusetts. He came to Ohio as a young priest and was pastor of Saint Vincent de Paul from 1885 until his death in 1925. He was an active writer of articles published in periodicals.



The History of Saint Vincent de Paul. 1895

Leprosy and the Charity of the Church. 1896

A Memorial of Major-General William Stark Rosencrans. 1898


William Jefferson Lahmon



   William Jefferson Lhamon was a Christian minister and writer. He was born in Gambier, Ohio in 1855, the son of Francis Marian and Julia Ann (Pharis) Lhamon. William graduated from Butler University in 1870 and was ordained for the ministry in the Disciples of Christ Church. He was married to Clara Ellen Frankeberger.

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