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Coleman, Alice Blanchard Merriam

Robert T. Handy

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Coleman, Alice Blanchard Merriam (07 May 1858–22 October 1936), lay church leader, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of James Whyte Merriam, a city missionary, and Ellen Maria Blanchard. After she graduated from Bradford (Mass.) Academy in 1878, an eye condition kept her from learning a language, which was necessary for foreign mission service, so she joined the Woman’s Home Missionary Association (Congregational), was elected to its board of managers, and in 1884 toured mission stations as far west as Salt Lake City. Two years later, however, influenced in part by the pastor of Boston’s Clarendon Street Church, Adoniram Judson Gordon, an American (northern) Baptist, she changed denominations by joining that church. She then became active in the Woman’s American Baptist Home Mission Society (WABHMS) and served as its president from 1890 to 1909. The society’s headquarters was in Boston; it was primarily an eastern organization....

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