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Sir George Williams

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Sir George Williams

  • Birth 11 Oct 1821 Dulverton, West Somerset District, Somerset, England
  • Death 6 Nov 1905 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 13125

Social Reformer. Founder of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). Concerned about the spiritual and mental condition of the young men in London, England, he, a 22 year old dry-goods clerk, met with 11 fellow clerks to organize a weekly meeting of prayer and discussion. Decades later, he would earn international acclaim and knighthood from Queen Victoria for the organization that sprang from that first meeting - the YMCA. The first YMCA in North America was started in Montreal, Canada on November 25, 1851. Across the Atlantic, Thomas Valentine Sullivan, a sea captain and missionary, introduced the YMCA to the United States at a meeting in Boston, Massachusetys on December 29, 1851. Rapidly, YMCAs spread across America and garnered a reputation for humanitarian service and remarkable energy.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 22 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13125
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sir George Williams (11 Oct 1821–6 Nov 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13125, citing Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .