Sir George Williams, c. 1876
- Sir George Williams, c. 1876
Portrait photograph of Sir George Willaims, c. 1876. The image is on a Carte de visite. For this copy, the border has been cropped off.
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- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
George Williams Papers
Young Men's Christian Association of North America
International Young Men's Christian Association
Williams, George, Sir, 1821-1905
- 10.25 x 6.25 cm
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Raised in the rural countryside of England, George Williams was drawn to London as a young man during the Industrial Revolution. He worked long hours in a city store, living in small, crowded rooms in the same building. The moral conditions of the inner city were incompatible with Williams’ evangelical Christian outlook. He organized a series of prayer meetings and Bible classes for 11 of his colleagues. These simple meetings formed the basis of the Young Men’s Christian Association. Williams grew to be a prominent businessman in London. He maintained a lifelong affiliation with the rapidly-spreading association, providing influence and financial support. In recognition of his contribution to English society and the world, Williams was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894. After his death in 1905, he was commemorated by a stained-glass window in the nave of Westminster Abbey. Sir George Williams is buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.
Item is a carte de visite, but in this scan the bottom and borders have been cut off.