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Ralph Spaulding Cushman

Ralph Spaulding Cushman, American clergyman. Recipient The Upper Room Citation, 1952. Served as president State Pastors Conference of New York and Federation Churches of Rochester; member World Service Commission Methodist Episcopal Church; Member of Mayflower Descendants (Minnesota chapter), Delta Kappa Epsilon.; Club: Minnesota (St. Paul).


  • Cushman, Ralph Spaulding was born on November 12, 1879 in Poultney, Vermont, United States. Son of Allerton Earl and Nellie G. (Honey) Cushman.

  • Education

    • Troy Conference Academy, Poultney, 1898. Bachelor of Philosophy, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, 1902, Doctor of Divinity, 1918, Doctor of Laws, 1937. Graduate student University of Edinburgh, Scotland and American Seminary, London, England., 1910.

      Doctor of Laws, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, 1933. Lit.D., Hamline University, 1948.


    • Ordained Mechanical Engineering ministry, 1902. Pastor chs. at Bryantville, Massachusetts, Danielson, Connecticut, Fall River, Massachusetts, and Geneva, New York, until 1915. Executive secretary stewardship department Methodist Episcopal Church, 1915-1917, and of same department Interchurch World Movement, 1917-1920.

      First president United Stewardship Council of Churches of Christ in the United States and Canada, 1917-1919. President World Stewardship Union, 1942-1947. Pastor Asbury Church, Rochester, New York, 1920-1932.

      Elected bishop Methodist Episcopal Church, May 19, 1932. Bishop of Denver area, 1932-1939. Bishop of St. Paul area, 1939-1952, retired.

      Interim minister 1st Church, Rocky Mount, 1953. Minister 1st Church, Columbus, Georgia, since 1954. Interim minister Hayes Barton Methodist Church, Raleigh, 1956.


    • Author: Studies in Stewardship, 1917. Stewardship Sermons, 1918. The New Christian, 1919.

      The Message of Stewardship, 1922. Hill Top Verses, 1927. Dealing Squarely with God, 1927.

      Spiritual Hilltops, 1931. The Sharing Life, 1933. Dear Bob—Letters of Preacher to His Son, 1934.

      Practicing the Presence—A Quest for God, 1936. I Have a Stewardship, 1939. Pocket Prayer Book and Devotional Guide, 1941.

      Will a Man Rob God, 1942. Hilltop Verses and Prayers, 1945. A Pocket Book of Faith, 1945.

      The Message of Stewardship, 1946. More Hilltop Verses and Prayers (with R. E. Cushman), 1949. Ye Shall Receive Power, 1951.

      Meditations and Verse On Living In Two Worlds, 1952. Pocket Book of Hope, 1953. The Prayers of Jesus, Meditations and Verse, 1954.

      Contributor to mags.


    Served as president State Pastors Conference of New York and Federation Churches of Rochester. Member World Service Commission Methodist Episcopal Church. Member of Mayflower Descendants (Minnesota chapter), Delta Kappa Epsilon.

    Club: Minnesota (St. Paul).


    • Married Maud E. Hammand, August 20, 1902. Children: M. Elizabeth Stiles, Robert Earl.
    • father: Allerton Earl Cushman
    • mother: Nellie G. (Honey) Cushman
    • spouse: Maud E. Hammand
    • children: M. Elizabeth Stiles Cushman
    • Robert Earl Cushman
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    Born November 12, 1879
    Died August 10, 1960
    (aged 80)