Rev Mark Matthews posing on sidewalk, Seattle, circa 1910 (MOHAI 11099)
The Reverend Mark A. Matthews (1867-1940), a southern-born fundamentalist supporter of the Social Gospel movement, came to Seattle in 1902 and became the pastor of Seattle's First Presbyterian Church. Outspoken and active in public debate, he was a staunch proponent of 'Social Christianity,' which combined progressive public social reform with Christian values. While referred to as a 'showman' by some, he backed up his support of social reform by establishing day-care centers, soup kitchens, night classes and other community-oriented services.
This image of Rev. Matthews was taken in Seattle, likely shortly after his arrival.
Caption information source: "Matthews, Reverend Mark (1867-1940)" by Dale Soden, HistoryLink.org Essay 8049
Subjects (LCTGM): Civic leaders--Washington (State)--Seattle; Clergy--Washington (State)--Seattle; Portrait photographs