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Nutting, John Danforth, 1854-1949.


Biographical Statement

John Danforth Nutting was a 1878 graduate of Wheaton College and received an M.A. in 1881. He had a career as a preacher, lecturer, missionary, writer, editor, and publisher. He was born March 8, 1854 in Randolph Center, Vermont, the son of Rufus and Sarah Hubbard Nutting.

After graduating from Wheaton College, Nutting attended Oberlin Theological Seminary and graduated in 1881. Nutting married Nannie Keith Miller (Oberlin, 1883) on June 23, 1885. She died the following year while in childbirth. He later married Lillis R. Morley of Mentor, Ohio (January 1, 1890).

He was ordained in 1885 and later pastored in Wauseon, Ohio (1886-1888), Newport, Kentucky (1888-1890), St. Louis, Missouri (1890-1892) and Plymouth Congregational Church in Salt Lake City, Utah (1892-98). In 1900 he returned to Ohio and organized the Utah Gospel Mission in Cleveland, Ohio, serving as its secretary until his death in Cleveland, Ohio on October 4, 1949. In imitation of Mormon evannglelistic methods, the Utah Gospel Mission sent out young men, two by two, who traveled throughout the regions in the western United States occupied by Mormons, holding evangelistic meetings, visiting from house to house, and distributing literature while living out of covered wagons. Missionaries with the Utah Gospel Mission only received funds sufficient to cover their actual expenses since Mormon missionaries themselves went without a regular salary.

John Nutting died in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914. Following his death, Lillias Nutting assumed leadership of the Utah Gospel Mission until her death in 1961. Despite their decades of effort, the Utah Gospel Mission achieved little evangelistic success among the Mormon populations of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections staff
Nutting, John Keep. Nutting genealogy: A record of some of the descendants of John Nutting, of Groton, Mass. C. W. Bardeen, 1908. The Book of Clevelanders, A Biographical Dictionary of Living Men of the City of Cleveland, Burrows Book Company, 1914

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

John D. Nutting Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-009
Scope and Contents The John D. Nutting Collection contains the personal library and papers of Rev. John D. Nutting of Cleveland, Ohio. Rev. Nutting was a pastor, missions official, and missionary to Mormons. This collection includes pro and contra-Mormon material, some dating from the nineteenth century.The collection is organized into eleven series: Biographical, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Maps, Newspapers and Articles (1877-1919), Anti-Mormon Pamphlets, Periodicals, Utah Gospel Mission, Nutting...
Dates: Created: 1830-2017; Other: Majority of material found in 1878-1927; Other: Date acquired: 06/1951

MSS | Utah Lighthouse Ministry/Salt Lake City Messenger {2021--0099}

 Unprocessed Material — Container: 1
Identifier: 2021-0099
Dates: Majority of material found within 2017 - 2021

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Unprocessed Material 1
Digital Record 1
Collection 1
Articles. 1
Biographies. 1
Christianity and other religions. 1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Doctrines. 1
Clippings Files 1