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Author Information: Charles William Gordon



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Charles William Gordon was born in Glengarry County, Upper Canada, in 1860, the son of a Presbyterian minister who had come to Canada from the Highlands in the 1840's. He was educated at the University of Toronto and the University of Edinburgh, and was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in 1890. He spent several years as a missionary in the Northwest Territories and in 1894 went to Winnipeg, where he remained as pastor of St. Stephen's Church until his death in 1937. He was Moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly at the time of Church Union, and was strongly in favour of the Union.

During his lifetime, Gordon wrote thirty novels under his pen name (Ralph Connor), and many of these attained a very wide popularity. Over 3,000,000 copies of his various books were sold. He is best known for The Man From Glengarry, and Glengarry School Days. Connor's autobiography, Postscript to Adventure was published the year after his death.


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