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Oscar Carleton McCulloch, 1843 - 1891.  Preacher and Practitioner of Applied Christianity.  By Genevieve C. Weeks.  Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society.  1976.    248 pages.  Hardcover.


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Oscar McCulloch was born on July 2, 1843 in Fremont, Ohio.  His parents were Carleton G. McCulloch and Harriet Petibone.  He was the oldest of five children.  In 1847 the family moved to  Newark, Ohio and in 1850 they moved to Portage, Wisconsin.  Both of his parents were deeply religious  Presbyterians,  and they organized the Presbyterian Church in Portage.    In 1860 or 1861 the family moved to Springfield, Illinois.  Preparing for a career in business, Oscar became a traveling salesmen in the southwest for several years but eventually became less satisfied with the work, and in 1867 he entered the Congregationalist Chicago Theological Seminary.  As a divinity student he preached in churches in Wisconsin, and was eventually called to serve in the First Congregational Church in Sheboygan.    In 1877 he was called to serve at the Plymouth Church in Indianapolis.    His experiences in business and his religious background  helped him to develop a concern for the poor and laboring classes,  and he established one of the first "institutional" churches and helped to organize charities dedicated to social reform and social justice.  He was very tolerant of the views of others and was a close friend of Catholic priests and Jewish rabbis.    He worked continuously and tirelessly for reforms and new public institutions.  He died on December 10, 1891 at the age of 48, as a result of Hodgkin's disease.

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