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John George Shearer (1859-1925)

John George Shearer was ordained in 1888 after graduating from Knox College, Toronto. He began parish work in Caledonia and after 2 years moved to Erskine Presbyterian Church in Hamilton.

In 1899 the Presbyterian Church in Canada selected him to convene its committee on sabbath observance and legislation. The following year Shearer left parish work to become secretary of the Lord's Day Alliance, editor of the Lord's Day Advocate and architect of the Lord's Day Act introduced in 1906. In 1907 he became the permanent secretary of the new Committee on Temperance and Other Moral Reforms of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. From 1918 until his death he was full-time secretary of the Social Service Council of Canada, which he helped to establish.

For his speeches and articles against unsafe housing and working conditions, abuse of women and children, alcoholism, venereal disease, prostitution and political corruption, Shearer was widely recognized as the spokesman of the social conscience of Canadian Christianity.


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