William A. Shedd

First Name Dr. William A.

Last Name Shedd

Died While Serving? yes

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  • "The Measure of a Man" by Mary Lewis Shedd
  • Team Work Volume III no. 6 - Smith - June 1924
  • The Story of Near East Relief - Barton - 1930

was called “dean of American missionaries in the Near East.” He was vice-consul at the ancient city of Urumia, Western Persia . In 1918, when the Moslem Turks and Kurds attacked the district and 80,000   Christian Nestorians were compelled to flee. Dr. Shedd was one of the Americans bringing up the rear and protecting the refugees from the barbarians, but he died just outside the British lines at Sein Kula, Persia, from cholera. Thousands of lives were saved by his heroism.

He was a brother-in-law of the Hon. Curtis D. Wilbur, Secretary of the Navy in President Coolidge’s cabinet.