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Charles Monroe Sheldon

1857-1946. Clergyman and writer. Born in Wellsville, New York, he was educated at Phillips Academy, Brown University, and Andover Theological Seminary, and received Congregational ordination in 1886. He held pastorates in Vermont and Kansas, but is best known as author of many books. In His Steps (1896) became a religious best seller because it poignantly challenged Christians to base their behavior on the answer to the question “What would Jesus do?” and because, never copyrighted, numerous publishers printed it. Although many thought its sales second only to the Bible's, it is generally conceded that six million might be a realistic estimate of copies sold. He became editor-in-chief of Christian Herald (1920-25) and contributing editor thereafter.