BRIGGS, George Weston. North Branch, Michigan 21.9.1874 — Madison NJ 18.4.1966. U.S. Missionary and Indologist. Son of David C. Briggs and Emily E. Weston. Educated at Northwestern University (B.S. 1902, M.S. 1905). Ordained as priest in 1904. Methodist missionary in India 1903-08, 1909-12, and 1915-25. Professor of English Literature at Reid Christian College in Lucknow, India. In 1911-12 Fellow at University of California, 1914-15 at Johns Hopkins, and 1922-23 at Columbia University. In 1912-14 Associate Professor of Mathematics at Col. Pacific (1913-14 principal of the Academy). In 1914-15 Associate Professor of English Bible and Philosophy at Goucher College. After returning last time from India he became in 1925 Professor of Sanskrit language and literature at Drew University’s Theological School, 1929 Professor of History of Religions at Drew University, Madison, and also a Lecturer in Mathematics. Retired in 1944. In 1948-50 visiting Lecturer at Serampore College. Last years lived in Morristown, NJ. Married 1903, widow 1904, second marriage 1907 with Mary Hart, had two sons and two daughters.
Publications: Short articles in JAOS, etc.
– The Chamars. 270 p. Oxford 1920.
– Gorakhnath and the Kanphata Yogis. 14+380 p. Calcutta 1938.
– The Ḍoms and their near relations. 9+680 p. Mysore 1953.
Sources: Americans in Asia; Dir. of Am. Scholars. 1st edition 1942; Who Was Who in America 4; parents and wife in findagrave.com.