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Rev Ralph Spaulding Cushman

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Rev Ralph Spaulding Cushman

Birth
Poultney, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Death
10 Aug 1960 (aged 80)
Herkimer, Herkimer County, New York, USA
Burial
Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID
38613177 View Source

Rev. Bishop Ralph Spaulding Cushman was the son of Rev. Allerton Earl and Nellie Grace (Honey) Cushman. He was the husband of Maude Estella (Hammond) Cushman. They were married August 20, 1902. Maude died in 1971. He was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church: New England Southern Conference 1898 F 1905 Detroit Conference Central New York Conference 1915 Genesee (now Western New York) Conference 1920. He was elected Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1932.

Biography
Bishop Cushman was educated at Troy Conference Academy, Poultney (1898), and Wesleyan University (Ph.D., 1902), he did graduate study in Edinburgh and London in 1910, and later received the D.D. and LL.D. from Wesleyan and the Litt.D from Hamline. He married Maude Hammond, August 20, 1902, and they had two children, Mabel Elizabeth (Mrs. Insley J. Stiles) and Rev. Robert Earl Cushamn. Though Cushman's father and grandfather were Congregational ministers, he joined the New England Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1903, and was ordained Deacon in 1904, and Elder in 1907.
His appointments were: Bryantville, Mass., 1902-1904, Acushnet, Mass., 1904-1906; Danielson, Conn., 1906-1911; St. Paul's, Fall River, Mass., 1911-1915; Court Street, Flint, Mich., 1915 (four months); Geneva, New York., 1915-1917; executive secretary, stewardship campaign, Centenary Commission, 1917-1919; stewardship secretary, Interchurch World Movement, 1919-1920; Asbury Church, Rochester, New York, 1920-1932. He was a delegate to the 1928 and 1932 General Conferences, and was elected Bishop at the latter. His episcopal assignments were: the Denver Area, 1932-1939, and the Minnesota Area, 1939-1952. Cushman was chairman of the commission on evangelism, 1932-1939, and president of the Anti-Saloon League of America, 1939-1948. He served as a member of the World Service Commisssion, as president of the board of trustees of Iliff School of Theology, and as a trustee of Denver University, Hamline University, Lawrence College, Wesley College (Grand forks, North Dakota), and Dakota Wesleyan. An author and poet, Cushman wrote some twenty-five books on the subject of evangelism, stewardship, and prayer, including Hilltop Verses and Prayers, Practicing the Presence-A Quest for God and The Essentials of Evaqngelism. At the Uniting Conference, Cushman and Bishop Charles Claude Selecman supervised the morning watch and the evangelistic services. Retiring in 1952, Cushman lived for a time at Raleigh, North Carolina. Bishop Herbert Welch said, "Bishop Cushman was a poet and recognized/writer of religious meditations and prayers, and was markedly evangelistic in his activities." He died at Herkimer, New York August 10, 1960, and was buried at Manchester, Vermont."

September 4, 2013
I received this letter from Frank A. Pilgrim III:
Dear Mary Jane
I have long admired and cherished the poems of Ralph Spaulding Cushman. I was first introduced to his poetry when reading a Pocket Prayer Book that my grandfather carried with him during World War II. I have written music to accompany one of Bishop Cushman's poems titled "Meditation". I would like to obtain permission to record/publish this song and to donate any proceeds. Would you have any information regarding the owner of the poem's copyright?
Thank you and Very Respectfully,
Frank A. Pilgrim III - [email protected]
--Can anyone answer Frank's question?



Rev. Bishop Ralph Spaulding Cushman was the son of Rev. Allerton Earl and Nellie Grace (Honey) Cushman. He was the husband of Maude Estella (Hammond) Cushman. They were married August 20, 1902. Maude died in 1971. He was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church: New England Southern Conference 1898 F 1905 Detroit Conference Central New York Conference 1915 Genesee (now Western New York) Conference 1920. He was elected Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1932.

Biography
Bishop Cushman was educated at Troy Conference Academy, Poultney (1898), and Wesleyan University (Ph.D., 1902), he did graduate study in Edinburgh and London in 1910, and later received the D.D. and LL.D. from Wesleyan and the Litt.D from Hamline. He married Maude Hammond, August 20, 1902, and they had two children, Mabel Elizabeth (Mrs. Insley J. Stiles) and Rev. Robert Earl Cushamn. Though Cushman's father and grandfather were Congregational ministers, he joined the New England Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1903, and was ordained Deacon in 1904, and Elder in 1907.
His appointments were: Bryantville, Mass., 1902-1904, Acushnet, Mass., 1904-1906; Danielson, Conn., 1906-1911; St. Paul's, Fall River, Mass., 1911-1915; Court Street, Flint, Mich., 1915 (four months); Geneva, New York., 1915-1917; executive secretary, stewardship campaign, Centenary Commission, 1917-1919; stewardship secretary, Interchurch World Movement, 1919-1920; Asbury Church, Rochester, New York, 1920-1932. He was a delegate to the 1928 and 1932 General Conferences, and was elected Bishop at the latter. His episcopal assignments were: the Denver Area, 1932-1939, and the Minnesota Area, 1939-1952. Cushman was chairman of the commission on evangelism, 1932-1939, and president of the Anti-Saloon League of America, 1939-1948. He served as a member of the World Service Commisssion, as president of the board of trustees of Iliff School of Theology, and as a trustee of Denver University, Hamline University, Lawrence College, Wesley College (Grand forks, North Dakota), and Dakota Wesleyan. An author and poet, Cushman wrote some twenty-five books on the subject of evangelism, stewardship, and prayer, including Hilltop Verses and Prayers, Practicing the Presence-A Quest for God and The Essentials of Evaqngelism. At the Uniting Conference, Cushman and Bishop Charles Claude Selecman supervised the morning watch and the evangelistic services. Retiring in 1952, Cushman lived for a time at Raleigh, North Carolina. Bishop Herbert Welch said, "Bishop Cushman was a poet and recognized/writer of religious meditations and prayers, and was markedly evangelistic in his activities." He died at Herkimer, New York August 10, 1960, and was buried at Manchester, Vermont."

September 4, 2013
I received this letter from Frank A. Pilgrim III:
Dear Mary Jane
I have long admired and cherished the poems of Ralph Spaulding Cushman. I was first introduced to his poetry when reading a Pocket Prayer Book that my grandfather carried with him during World War II. I have written music to accompany one of Bishop Cushman's poems titled "Meditation". I would like to obtain permission to record/publish this song and to donate any proceeds. Would you have any information regarding the owner of the poem's copyright?
Thank you and Very Respectfully,
Frank A. Pilgrim III - [email protected]
--Can anyone answer Frank's question?




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A Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
Grandson of Rufus Spaulding Cushman"


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