W. P. Nicholson

(1876—1959) Presbyterian minister and evangelist

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(1875–1959), a remarkably effective evangelist, particularly in Ulster, in the early 1920s. After experience in Scotland, Australia, and America, where he was ordained, Nicholson returned to Ulster, where large working-class audiences responded to his homely, if sometimes vulgar, preaching. The results of his missions recalled the revival of 1859. Some claim that he saved Northern Ireland from sectarian civil war; others charge him with dividing congregations and churches.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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