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This Day in Boston History
April 21st, 1855
D.L. Moody is Converted
Born and raised
in Northfield, Dwight Lyman Moody (DL Moody) left school at grade five.
He moved to Boston to begin employment at his uncle's shoe store. As
a condition of his employment, Moody attended church. It was while wrapping
shoes on this day, in 1855; Moody was converted. Moody went on to become
one of the world's most influential evangelists.
He opened his first
Sunday school in Chicago. As his reputation grew so did the number of
parishioners and the reach of his sermons. Moody led crusades throughout
the United States and Great Britain. His dedication led him to battlefields
where he would enlighten wounded soldiers. Admirers, including Abraham
Lincoln and Present Grant, stood several hours to hear the sermons of
this venerated leader.