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John Gowdy (1869-1963)

John Gowdy was born in Glasgow.

He emigrated to the United States as a young man and was educated at Tilton Seminary, Wesleyan University and Drew University.

After teaching for two years at Tilton, Gowdy was admitted to the New Hampshire Conference of the Methodist Episocpal Church in 1902.

He was transferred immediately to the Foochow Conference in China.

Gowdy taught in the Anglo-Chinese College in Foochow from 1902 to 1904 and was President of the College from 1904 to 1923. He went on to serve as the President of the Fukien Christian University in the same city from 1923 to 1927 before going back to teach at the Anglo-Chinese College for a further two years.

Gowdy was elected Bishop in 1930. He retired to Florida after ten years service.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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