Reverdy Ransom was born on 4 January 1861 in Flushing, Ohio. He received his BA degree from Wilberforce University in 1886, and continued to study the humanities and social sciences on his own. He was licensed to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Church) in 1883, and assigned to his first pastorate in 1885. His style of ministry gained the attention of church leadership and community officials, and this resulted in community service opportunities on the regional and national level. For example, in 1936 he was elected the first African-American commissioner of the Ohio Board of Pardon and Parole, and in 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt made him a member of the Volunteer Participation Committee in the Office of Civil Defense. He was also the first President of the National Fraternal Council of Negro Churches in 1934.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.