Name: Dwight Lyman [Evangelist] MOODY
Birth: 5 FEB 1837 in Northfield (Franklin Co), MA
Death: 22 DEC 1899 in Northfield (Franklin Co), MA
Burial: 26 DEC 1899 Northfield (Franklin Co), MA
Occupation: American Evangelist and Publisher
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Alias/AKA: D.L. Moody
Dwight Lyman Moody (February 5, 1837?December 22, 1899), also known as D.L. Moody, was an American evangelist and publisher who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts (now the Northfield Mount Hermon School), the Moody Bible Institute, and Moody Press... Moody's work in Chicago, Illinois, led to the largest Sunday school of his time. He labored so abundantly that within a year the average attendance at his school was 650, while sixty volunteers from various churches served as teachers. It became so well known that the just-elected President Lincoln visited and spoke at a Sunday school meeting on November 25, 1860... After the Civil War started, he was involved with the U.S. Christian Commission of the YMCA, and ministered at several battlefields. He started a church in Chicago that was burned down in the Great Chicago Fire. It was rebuilt within three months. His lay follower William Eugene Blackstone was a prominent American Zionist... It was in a trip to England that he became well known as an evangelist, to the point that some have claimed he was the greatest evangelist of the 19th century. His preaching had an impact as great as that of George Whitefield and John Wesley within Britain, Scotland and Ireland. On several occasions he filled stadiums of 2,000 to 4,000 capacity. In the Botanic Gardens Palace, a meeting had between 15,000 to 30,000 people. This turnout continued throughout 1874 and 1875, with crowds of thousands at all of his meetings. When he returned to the United States, crowds of 12,000 to 20,000 were just as common as in England. President Grant and some of his cabinet attended a meeting on January 19, 1876. His evangelistic meetings were held from Boston to New York, throughout New England and as far as San Francisco, and other West coast towns from Vancouver to San Diego... He preached his last sermon on November 16, 1899. It has been claimed he was instrumental in winning one million people to Christ, although this is unprovable, due to lack of centralized record keeping.
Moody, Dwight L(yman) (1837-99), American evangelist, born in Northfield, Massachusetts. A Unitarian, he was converted to Congregationalism and in 1856 left his work as a shoe salesman in Boston to engage in missionary work in Chicago. His Sunday school in North Market Hall developed into the Illinois Street Church (1863) and afterward became the Chicago Avenue Church, of which he was lay pastor; it was later named the Moody Memorial Church. In 1870 he was joined by the American singer and hymn composer Ira Sankey. The two began a series of revival meetings in America and also visited Britain. In 1879 Moody opened the Northfield Seminary (later, School) for Young Women in his hometown and in 1881 the Mount Hermon School for Boys in the nearby town of Gill. In 1886 he founded the Chicago Evangelization Society (now known as the Moody Bible Institute) in Chicago to train Christian workers.
NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON SCHOOL BEGAN AS TWO SCHOOLS: the Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies, which opened in 1879, and the Mount Hermon School for Boys, which opened in 1881. Both schools were founded by Dwight L. Moody, who wanted to provide a first-rate secondary education for young people regardless of race, religion, or economic circumstances. In 1971, the schools became a single coeducational institution with one faculty, one administration, and two coed campuses. In September 2005 the school merged onto one campus, the Mount Hermon campus in Gill, Massachusetts.
He preached his last sermon on November 16, 1899. R. A. Torrey succeeded Moody as president of the Moody Bible Institute. Ten years after his death, the Chicago Avenue Church was renamed The Moody Church in his honor.
Father: Edwin J. MOODY b: 1 NOV 1800 in Northfield (Franklin Co), MA
Mother: Betsey HOLTON b: 5 AUG 1805 in Northfield (Franklin Co), MA
Emma Charlotte [Immigrant] REVELL b: 5 JUL 1843 in London, Greater London, England
28 AUG 1862
in Chicago (Cook Co), IL
- Emma Reynolds MOODY b: 24 OCT 1864 in Chicago (Cook Co), IL
- William Revell MOODY b: 25 MAR 1869 in Chicago (Cook Co), IL
- Paul Dwight MOODY b: 11 APR 1879 in Chicago (Cook Co), IL