Newell Dwight Hillis
1858-1929. Presbyterian clergyman and author. Born into a Quaker home in Magnolia, Iowa, he graduated in arts from Lake Forest College (1884) and in divinity from McCormick Seminary (1887). He organized Sunday schools in the west each summer for the American Sunday School Association. After serving Presbyterian churches in Illinois (1887-99) he became pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Brooklyn. He organized Plymouth Institute in 1914 as a social service agency to provide educational opportunities for young people. From 1914 to 1917 he lectured in 250 cities on U.S. obligation to enter World War I, and later reportedly sold $100 million in “Liberty Bonds.” He resigned his pastorate in 1924 because of ill health.