- John Stephenson Rowntree
John Stephenson Rowntree (
May 2, 1834– April 13, 1907) was a Director of Rowntree's, the York confectionery company and a reformer of the Quaker movement in the United Kingdom.
He was the eldest son of Joseph Rowntree (1801 – 1859) and Sarah Stephenson (1807 – 1888), his wife. He was born on 2 May 1834 [
ODNBarticle by Edward H. Milligan, ‘Rowntree, Joseph (1801–1859)’, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/24231] ] accessed 21 Jan 2007. ] .
He married Elizabeth Hotham (1835–1875) on
August 25, 1858. They had nine children. Following her death, he married, on April 10, 1878, Helen Doncaster (1833–1920).
His book, "Quakerism Past and Present" (1859), written at the age of 24, analyses the state of nineteenth-century British Quakerism and was a cause of some essential reforms [cite book
authorlink =Stephen Allott
title =John Wilhelm Rowntree (1868-1905) and the beginnings of Modern Quakerism
publisher =Sessions Book Trust
id =ISBN 1-85072-137-8] . He supported Quaker education in York and the training of women teachers and the higher education of women, in general.
He was an ardent botanist, a keen archaeologist, and well versed in the history of York. He was elected lord mayor in 1880 and during his aldermanship devoted himself to putting the city's unsatisfactory finances on to a sound basis.
He died in London, on
April 13, 1907. After his death, some of his writings were collected and published by Phoebe Doncaster, together with a memoir, as "John Stephenson Rowntree, his life and work" [cite book
authorlink = Phoebe Doncaster
title = John Stephenson Rowntree, his life and work
publisher =Headley Brothers
*MEMOIR OF JOHN S. ROWNTREE (BY PHEBE DONCASTER)
*TESTIMONY OF YORKSHIRE QUARTERLY MEETING PART I: THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS IN HISTORY.
*THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF GEORGE FOX
*MICAH'S MOTHER. A NEGLECTED CHAPTER OF CHURCH HISTORY
*THE PLACE OF THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS IN THE RELIGIOUS LIFE OF ENGLAND
PART II: PROBLEMS OF CHURCH LIFE.
*THE RELATIONS OF DENOMINATIONAL TO NATIONAL LIFE
*GOSPEL MINISTRY IN THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS
*THE WORK AND MAINTENANCE OF THE VOCAL MINISTRY
*CONDITIONS OF CONGREGATIONAL GROWTH -
PART III: EDUCATION IN THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS.
*A SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF ACKWORTH SCHOOL, 1779 TO 1879 -
*A SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF YORK FRIENDS'BOYS' SCHOOL, 1829 TO 1878
*THE EDUCATIONAL POLICY OF FRIENDS
PART IV: HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL.
*THE OUTLOOK FROM THE YORK STATION HOTEL
*NOTICES OF OTHER WORKS BY J. S. ROWNTREE:viz.: Quakerism Past and Present; An Inquiry into the Truthfulness of Lord Macaulay's Portraiture of George Fox; The Society of Friends: its Faith and Practice
NAME=Rowntree, John Stephenson
Businessman, Religious reformer
DATE OF BIRTH=
May 2, 1834
PLACE OF BIRTH=
DATE OF DEATH=
April 13, 1907
PLACE OF DEATH=London
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