Evangelist Wilbur Chapman

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on August 28, 2005

When did Wilbur Chapman die? Where is he buried?
–Amy L., Kansas

Wilbur Chapman, an evangelist and writer of hymns such as One Day and Jesus, What a Friend for Sinner, was born on June 17, 1859, in Richmond, Ind. (pop. 39,124). He gave Billy Sunday, another well-known evangelist, his first job. In 1882, he married Irene Steddon, who died after giving birth to their first child, Bertha, in 1886. Chapman married Agnes Pruyn Strain in 1888, and they had four children: Robert, John Wilbur Jr., Alexander Hamilton and Agnes Pruyn. After Agnes died in 1907, he married Mabel Cornelia Moulton. Chapman was a tireless preacher and educator and traveled widely throughout Asia and the United States. He died on Dec. 25, 1918, in New York City. His funeral was at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of New York, conducted by the pastor Edgar Work on Dec. 29, 1918. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, N.Y.