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   John Wanamaker

Page entitled : John Wanamaker and the Y.M.C.A

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About John Wanamker's youth, his apprenticeship in the clothing trade, his functions as secretary general of the Y.M.C.A in Philadelphia and marriage.


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Young Men’s Christian Association was originally started in England in 1844 by a merchant named George Williams with the intended objective to give moral guidance to young men in the cities and make them adhere to a Christian lifestyle. The Y.M.C.A spread to America in the 1850s and the Philadelphia association, founded in 1854 through the efforts of George H. Smith, a prominent business man, became one of its most shining examples. As its first full-time secretary, John Wanamaker greatly contributed to its rise, thereby  ...

 

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