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A collection that includes diaries, papers, correspondence, and publications about John Franklin Goucher, a Methodist Minister and missionary who was responsible for the founding of many schools and institutions of higher education.

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Collection Location: Baltimore-Washington Conference Archives at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church and Goucher College

John Franklin Goucher

Collection Overview: This collection contains the John Franklin Goucher papers from the Baltimore-Washington Conference Archives at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church and Goucher College. Among the items included are diaries, correspondence, photographs, writings and publications. For a listing of the materials at Goucher College, please refer to their finding aid.

John Franklin Goucher was born in Pennsylvania in 1845. After graduating from Dickinson College in 1868, he became a Methodist Episcopal Church minister in Maryland. Dr. Goucher focused on missionary work and served on the Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church and financed much of their mission work in Asia. He married Mary Cecilia Fisher in 1877. The couple shared a strong belief in higher education for women and world mission programs. They aided in founding Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore, Maryland and several schools in Japan, Korea, China, and India. Dr. Goucher donated land for the creation of the Woman’s College of Baltimore City, founded in 1885, which was subsequently named after him. He served as president of Goucher College from 1891-1908 and continued on as a board member until his death in 1922.

 
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