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Samuel Parkes Cadman (1864-1936)

Samuel Parkes Cadman was born in Wellington, Shropshire, the son of Samuel and Betsy Cadman. He trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Richmond but moved to the United States in order to get married, which he was not allowed to do at that stage in his training under the rules of the British Connexion. He transferred to the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was appointed to the Metropolitan Temple in New York which he ran very much on the lines of the British 'Forward Movement' — he was a great admirer of the work of Samuel Collier of the Manchester Mission.

Cadman swiftly achieved great prominence as a preacher and advocate of urban missions. He transferred to the Congregational Church ministry in 1901 but retained close links with both American and British Methodism. He was the pastor of a church in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York from 1901 until his death.

Cadman was one of the first preachers to regularly broadcast on radio and was an immensely popular and influential figure. He was a strong ecumenist and served as President of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America from 1926 to 1928. Cadman served as a guest lecturer at several prestigious colleges, was the recipient of many honourary degrees and was honoured by both the Swedish and Dutch govermnents for his evangelistic work. Cadman also published many influential books in the fields of history and religion.

Cadman was married to Lilian Buxton in 1889 and had one son and two daughters.

He died suddenly in July 1936 in Plattsburg, New York, which he was visiting in order to lecture on world peace. His passing attracted huge public interest.

Source: Who's Who in America 1936, Methodist Recorder, July 16th 1936 and A Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland, edited by John Vickers (Epworth Press, Peterborough, 2000)

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