Boone County Kentucky Historical Society

Lloyd C. Douglas, Minister and Novelist

Lloyd Cassel Douglas (1877 - 1951)  b. 27 Aug 1877, in Columbia City, Indiana; d. 13 February 13, 1951, in Los Angeles, CA. Parents: Alexander Jackson Douglas and Sarah Jane (Cassel) Douglas; m. Bessie L. Porch in 1904; 2 daughters.
Clergyman and novelist; ordained as a Lutheran minister; served as a Lutheran pastor in Indiana, Ohio, and Washington, DC, 1903-11; Education: Wittenberg College and Seminary (now the Hamma School of Theology of Wittenberg University), Springfield, B.A., 1900, M.A., 1903, B.D., 1903; graduated at the University of Illinois; director of religious work for the YMCA, 1911-15; LL.D., Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, 1935; D. Litt., Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1936. Became a Congregational pastor in 1911; served at Congregational churches in Ann Arbor, Los Angeles, and Montreal, 1915-33; retired in 1933 to become a full-time writer; began publishing religious studies in 1920, but later began to write fiction and essays.
He spent part of his boyhood in Florence, Kentucky, where his father was pastor of the Hopeful Lutheran Church.
Douglas' first novel, Magnificent Obsession, was published in 1929 and was a huge success.  A later work, The Robe, sold more than 2 million copies and was then made into a film.  His last book was an autobiography: Time to Remember.  He wrote nearly a dozen books.
Lloyd C. Douglas, Time to Remember, New York: Houghton, 1951.
Virginia Douglas Dawson and Betty Douglas Wilson, The Shape of Sunday: An Intimate Biography of Lloyd C. Douglas. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1952. (biography written by his daughters)