Can you guess the name of a coal miner who influenced millions?

He was born in a coal mining town in Shropshire, England and one of his neighbors prophesied that he would grow up to be a thief because when he was a baby, his mother cut his finger nails instead of biting them off.

Breaker #9, Hughestown Borough, Pennsylvania Coal Co. One of these is James Leonard. Corner Central St. Ross St., Pittston, Pa. Another is Stanley Rasmus,

Worked in a coal mine at eleven years of age

When he was eleven years old, he worked in a coal mine and continued this occupation underground for ten years to help support his younger brothers and sisters. He worked as a ‘pony boy’ in the mines, and while he waited for his cart to be unloaded, he pulled a book out of a pocket and read by the light of a dim, dirty, old lantern. He seldom had more than two minutes to read during these breaks in his 8-hour day, but he always carried a book.

Read himself out

S. Packes Cadman knew that the only way out of the coal mine was to read himself out. During his ten years in the mine, he read every book he could beg or borrow in the neighboring village. Ten years after he started, he had educated himself enough to pass his college examinations with honors and was awarded a scholarship at Richmond College in London.

Immigration officers examining documents and immigrants at Ellis Island Immigration Station for final discharge ca. 1902

Went to the United States

After graduating from seminary, Samuel Parkes Cadman (December 18, 1864-July 12, 1936) moved to the United States to pastor a local Methodist church in Millbrook, New York. Eventually, he became “the first of the radio pastors” and his sermons reached the ears of millions.

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Condemned the Nazi Party

Known as an American clergyman, newspaper writer, and a pioneer of Christian radio broadcasting during the 1920s and 1930s, Cadman wrote an article “condemning the Nazi German government for the firing of theologian Karl Barth from a German university post as a result of the professor’s outspoken opposition to the Nazi regime and adamant refusal to sign an oath of allegiance to Adolf Hitler. Cadman later called for the U. S. to boycott the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany because of the Nazis’ anti-Semitic policies.

Faith and Courage: A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love) (Volume 2)
In this action-packed novel depicting true events, the family saga continues with Ambrose Dixon’s family. George Willson witnesses the execution of King Charles II and is forced to leave the woman he loves to witch hunters in 17th century England as he flees to his sister, Mary, and her husband Ambrose Dixon’s home in Colonial American. Ridden with guilt over difficult decisions he made to survive, George Willson and the Dixon’s embrace the Quaker faith which further creates problems for their existence in the New World.