Archives Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs
Manuscript Group 472, George Perry Morris (1864-1921), Journalist
Journal, 1905-1906, 0.1 linear feet / 1 item
Call Number: MG 472
Concerns the Congregational protest against the solicitation of $100,000 from John D. Rockefeller by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions of the Congregational Church.
George Perry Morris was born on February 18, 1864 in Montclair, New Jersey, the son of Mary M. Perry and Charles B. Morris. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1888 and then studied economics and history at Johns Hopkins University. On May 5, 1892, he married Martha Turner. Morris worked as a journalist for several publications, including the Congregationalist, the Boston Herald and the Christian Science Monitor. He also authored two books, The Norwegian Co. System (1894) and Historic Towns of New England (1898). Morris died on June 12, 1921.
Who Was Who in America, Vol. I (Chicago, 1960).
The source of this collection is unknown.
This collection consists of a journal kept by George Perry Mason from January 1905 until December 1906 concerning the Congregational protest against the solicitation of $100,000 from John D. Rockefeller by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions of the Congregational Church. Mason also used the journal as a scrapbook, pasting articles about Rockefeller and about this "tainted money" issue into the book. By the end of 1906 the American Board decided that while it would accept the money Rockefeller had already agreed to donate, the Board would never again upset the members of the Congregation by soliciting donations from businessmen who may be involved in "business immorality." In the journal Mason documents the response to the solicitation and acceptance of Rockefellerís money, and the methods of protest. He also writes critically of Rockefeller.
Processed by Alicia Santoliquido, July 2001
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