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Richard C. Morse portrait

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Richard C. Morse portrait
This photograph portrays Richard C. Morse. Mr. Morse served as the YMCA's National General Secretary in the United States in 1872, a position he held until 1915.
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Trustee Records
Young Men's Christian Association of North America
International Young Men's Christian Association
Springfield College--Trustees
Morse, Richard Cary, 1841-1926
YMCA Hall of Fame
Portrait photographs
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
15.75 x 12 cm.
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Richard Morse was a nephew to Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister, but never entered the active ministry. Instead, he chose to become the religious editor of The New York Observer, a weekly newspaper founded by his father. It was through a report of a YMCA convention he wrote for that paper, that Morse sought out work in the YMCA. He first joined the YMCA in 1869 as editor and publisher of the new Association Monthly magazine. This began a 47 year career, which culminated in his appointment as general secretary of the YMCA’s International Committee in 1872 - a position he held until 1915. Morse was one of the original members of the World’s Committee from 1878 to 1888, and was active in the New York City association. Morse’s YMCA work took him across the Atlantic Ocean 50 times, including relief work in France during World War I. Among the several books written by Dr. Morse are, "My Life with Young Men" "A History of the North American Young Men’s Christian Associations" and "Robert R. McBurney, A Memorial." Mr. Morse was also a trustee of Springfield College from 1889-1891
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