Samuel Parkes Cadman was born December 18, 1864 – died July 12, 1936, better known as S. Parkes Cadman. was a prominent clergyman, newspaper writer, and pioneer Christian radio broadcaster of the 1920s and 1930s in the United States.  An early advocate of ecumenism and an outspoken opponent of anti-Semitism and racial intolerance. By the time of his death in 1936, he was called “the foremost minister of Congregational faith” by the New York Times. . Parkes Cadman was born in Wellington, Shropshire, England, where he worked in a coal mine for ten years, beginning at age 11. A voracious reader, he read books while working in the mine, in between hauling loads of coal. He became interested in theology and began speaking at age 18 as a lay preacher in local Methodist churches. He studied at Richmond College of the University of London and at Wesley College seminary. While a seminarian in 1888, he heard Catherine Booth of the Salvation Army speak in London, recalling years later, “I have not heard since anything which moved me more deeply than that remarkable address . . . delivered in the purest English, with faultless diction, in a voice like the pealing of a silver bell across a still lake.” After graduating from seminary, Cadman moved to the United States, to pastor a local Methodist church in Millbrook, New York.  In 1895, he started the Metropolitan Methodist Church on Seventh Avenue between Thirteenth and Fourteenth Streets, in New York City, where his preaching attracted large crowds. In 1901, he left the Metropolitan Methodist Church to lead the Central Congregational Church of Brooklyn, New York, where he would minister for 35 years until his death in 1936.  In 1928, he began a weekly Sunday afternoon radio broadcast on the NBC radio network.  


On December 2, 1934, he wrote an article condemning the Nazi German government for the firing of theologian Karl Barth from a German university post as a result of the professor’s outspoken opposition to the Nazi regime and adament refusal to sign an oath of allegiance to Adolf Hitler.  Cadman later called for the U.S. to boycott the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, because of the Nazis’ anti-Semitic policies.  Rev. Cadman was one of the founders of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, an association of several Protestant denominations and the forerunner of today’s National Council of Churches, and served as president of the council between 1924-1928.  He was also named the second Honorary Moderator of the Congregational Christian Churches, succeeding former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge. He was one of the co-founders in 1927 of the National Conference on Christians and Jews, now known as the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), along with Charles Evans Hughes and others, to oppose the Ku Klux Klan, anti-Catholicism, and anti-Semitism in the 1920s and 1930s.
On Sunday, July 5, 1936, S. Parkes Cadman was preaching at an interfaith service in upstate Westport, New York, when he suddenly collapsed from acute appendicitis. He died a week later, on July 12, at a Plattsburg, New York, hospital of peritonitis.


Original Reverend Samuel Parkes Cadman Autographed Note, signed & written on Parish House Central Congregational Church 64 Jefferson Avenue Brooklyn, NY Letterhead. Written: July 31.34 My dear Frank. I send you my autograph with great pleasures. My best wishes. Yours sincerely S Parkes Cadman. Approx. size 6 x 8 1/2 inches. Regular Price – $ 59.95 / Sale Price – $ 45.00.

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