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Rev. Benjamin Young, the widely known pastor of the Union Methodist Episcopal church of St. Louis, was born in Derbyshire, England, January 25, 1868, a son of Samuel and Anne (Bamford) Young. The father brought the family to America when the son was a lad of ten years and he was educated in Salt Lake Seminary of Utah and in the University of Chattanooga in Tennessee, from which he was graduated in 1896. He afterward attended the University of Wyoming, completing his course there in 1900 with the Master of Arts degree, and in 1906 the University of Chattanooga conferred upon him the Doctor of Divinity degree. His entire life has been directed in the field of moral development and progress. He was ordained to the Methodist ministry, becoming a deacon in 1890, an elder in 1893, and from 1897 until 1899, was pastor of the churches at Lauden and Sheridan, Wyoming. During the succeeding two years he was in charge of a church in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and from 1901 to 1903 was located at Denver. He then accepted a call from a church in Salt Lake City, where he labored for four years, and in 1907 was ordained pastor of the First Methodist Church at Portland, Oregon, where he continued until 1914. He then accepted a call from the First Church at Topeka, Kansas, where he remained until 1916, and since October of the latter year, he has been pastor of the Union Methodist Episcopal church of St. Louis. While his attention has mostly been directed to the work of the ministry, in which connection he has accomplished great good, he has also proved an effective and forceful worker in other connections, closely studying many of the grave problems before the public at large with a view to better civic conditions. He served as a member of the Charter Commission of Portland, Oregon, in 1911, and he was a member of the committee of fifteen who accompanied President Taft on a tour of the cities of the northwest. He was likewise a delegate to the National Peace Conference in 1912 and a member of the General Conference of 1912 and of 1916. He was the first vice president of the committee of World's Christian Citizenship Conference held at Portland in 1913 and was a member of the commission on Social Service of the Federal Council of Churches. He was likewise made a member of the Social Service Council of the Methodist Episcopal church and engaged extensively in Y. M. C. A. war service.
On the 30th of June, 1891, Mr. Young was united in marriage to Miss Virginia Rohm Crawford of Greensboro, Pennsylvania. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons and was grand orator of the grand lodge of Oregon in 1912 and 1913. He has taken the Scottish Rite degrees in Masonry and has ever been a loyal follower of the craft. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, nor does he lightly regard the duties of citizenship, feeling that it is the obligation of every individual to support his honest convictions concerning political matters. He feels that whatever affects the welfare of community, commonwealth or country should be a matter of individual concern and that moral progress is conserved in civic development. His life has been fruitful of great good. He is an earnest logical speaker, a clear thinker and a man of the keenest human sympathy, so that his entire life has been a helpful outreaching to mankind.
(Source: Centennial History of Missouri, One Hundred Years in the Union, 1820-1921, Vol. V, Published 1921)

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