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DeBerry, William Nelson

Ralph E. Luker

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0800370

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DeBerry, William Nelson (29 August 1870–20 January 1948), Congregational clergyman and social service worker, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of Caswell DeBerry and Charlotte Mayfield, former slaves. His father was a railroad shop worker and a lay preacher in a local Baptist church; his mother’s occupation is unknown. DeBerry was educated in Nashville schools and entered Fisk University in 1886, graduating ten years later with a B.S. degree. DeBerry then went to Oberlin College in Ohio where he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1899. In that same year, he was ordained in the Congregational ministry, became the pastor of St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, and married Amanda McKissack of Pulaski, Tennessee; they had two children. After the death of his first wife (date unknown), DeBerry married Louise Scott in 1943....

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Subjects: Social Work

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