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John Marshall Barker


   John Marshall Barker was a writer in the areas of religion and social sciences. He was born in 1849 in Fredericktown, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Nancy Barker. John attended public schools in Fredericktown. He received an AB degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1874, and a BD degree from Boston University in 1877. Shortly thereafter Barker received ordination as a minister in the Methodist Church.

   Barker did ministerial service in churches in Massachusetts, Mexico, and New York through 1889. He spent a year teaching economics at Ohio Wesleyan University, returning to Boston University for graduate studies, receiving his PhD in 1892. From 1899 until his retirement in 1921, Barker remained at Boston University serving as Professor of Sociology. Dr. Barker died at Newton Center, Massachusetts, in 1928.

   John Marshall Barker wrote at least seven books in the areas of religion, sociology, economics and education.


Colleges in America (1894)

Ethics and Modern Industry

History of Ohio Methodism (1898)

Pathway of Social Progress

The Saloon Problem and Social Reform (1905)

The Social Gospel and the New Era (1919)

Wealth and Its Uses

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