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Charles M. Alexander

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Charles M. Alexander
Born 24 October 1867 Meadow, Tennesee
Died 13 October 1920 Birmingham, England
Spouse Helen Cadbury
Religious affiliation Christian

Charles McCallon Alexander (1867–1920) was an American evangelist with a talent for music. He took part in evangelistic outreaches with other evangelists, including Dr. R. A. Torrey and Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman.[1]

After being a school teacher, Alexander decided to enter the ministry and attended Moody Bible Institute for training, specialising in music.[1]

Alexander established the Pocket Testament League, which distributed millions of copies of the New Testament.


Alexander's first involvement with mass evangelism was from 1892 to 1902 with evangelist M. B. Williams, who concentrated on campaigns in Iowa and other mid-western parts of the United States.[2]

From 1902 to 1906 Alexander travelled around the world, visiting Australia, New Zealand, India, Britain, and Canada, as well as further ministry in the United States, accompanying evangelist Dr. R. A. Torrey.

When all my labors and trials are o’er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore,
Will through the ages be glory for me.

O that will be glory for me,
Glory for me, glory for me,
When by His grace I shall look on His face,
That will be glory, be glory for me.

The first verse and refrain of the "Glory song".

Alexander and Torrey's visit to Australia began in 1902[1] in Melbourne, with a "simultaneous campaign" (in which multiple meetings were run simultaneously in different parts of the city), in which weekly attendances numbered a quarter of a million,[3] equivalent to about half of Melbourne's population at the time.[4]

At this Melbourne campaign Alexander included the Glory Song for the first time, singing it as a solo. The song went on to become one of the best-known Christian hymns.

Leaving Australia, Torry and Alexander went to Britain, where, in Birmingham, he met his wife, Helen Cadbury, from the family that founded Cadbury's chocolate.[1]

From 1908 until his death in 1920, Alexander accompanied evangelist Dr. Wilbur Chapman. around the world,[2] returning to Australia in 1909 and 1912. At the time of his death, Alexander was planning another visit to Australia.[1][5]


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