Charles William Gordon

1860-1937. Presbyterian minister and writer, better known by the pseudonym of “Ralph Connor.” Born in an Ontario manse, his The Man from Glengarry gives an interesting picture of his boyhood Highland community, including the intense spirit of revival that gripped many evangelical Presbyterian congregations during the 1860s. After ordination in 1890 he carried out mission work in the lumber camps and mines of W Canada, then accepted a call to St. Stephen's Church, Winnipeg, where he remained, apart from a period of chaplaincy service, until retirement in 1929. Among his other novels were Sky Pilot (1899) and Glengarry School Days (1902). With considerable powers of description and an understanding of certain types of men, his stories found a large readership. His avowed reason for writing he stated thus: “Not wealth, not enterprise, not energy, can build a nation into true greatness, but men and only men with the fear of God in their hearts.”