EDWARDS, James Fairbrother. Bolton, Lancastershire 25.3.1875 — Auburndale, Polk County, Florida 5.12.1951. Rev. British Missionary and Indologist, especially a Marathi Scholar. Son of Isaac and Sarah E. Educated at Wesleyan Methodist Theological College in Handsworth, Birmingham, then 8 years in charge of churches in England. Arrived in India in 1908, was the Methodist Superintendent in Bombay until 1914, then on loan to American Marathi Mission. From 1930 Principal of the United Theological College in Pune (still in 1941). Married to Mary Louise Wheeler.
Publications: Edited (after J. E. Abbott) the Poet Saints of Maharashtra series.
– With J. N. Fraser: The Life and Teaching of Tukārām. 20+323 p. Madras 1922; “Tukārām”, ERE 12.
– Dnyāneshwar, the Outcaste Brāhmin. 32+525 p. Poet Saints of M. 12. Poona 1941.
– The Religious Hunger of India. 19+349 p. Madras 1948, and other religious books.
Sources: The Indian Year Book and Who’s Who 1941-42; Who’s Who in Methodism. 1933 in Br. Biogr. Arch. 2nd Ser.; not in Who Was Who; death in wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com.
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