1840–1875

June 11, 1840, Wem, Shrop­shire, Eng­land.

Oc­to­ber 7, 1875, Hart­ford, Con­nec­ti­cut, at the home of Har­ri­et Beech­er Stowe.

General Cemetery, Not­ting­ham, Eng­land.

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A Bap­tist preacher and temperance speaker, Ryd­er pastored in Dept­ford, worked with the Bri­tish Bible Society (1867–69), and was minister at the Ston­ey-Street Chapel in Not­ting­ham (1870–75). He established 40 temperance Bands of Hope, and was well known for his singing and song leading.

In the summer of 1875, he traveled to Am­er­i­ca, hoping for change of health; he was being treated for an ar­ter­i­al an­eur­ysm near his heart. Apparently, he spent most of Au­gust and Sep­tem­ber traveling, including a trip to an In­dian mission school in On­tar­io and a stop at Ni­ag­a­ra Falls.

He met the Stowes at Twin Moun­tain House in New Hamp­shire that Au­gust—the Beech­er family routinely vacationed there. The Stowes invited Ry­der to stay at their home while he visited John G. Gough, a leader of the Amer­i­can Temp­er­ance Un­ion. Har­ri­et Stowe dis­covered Ry­der’s body after his death, and wrote to his young wid­ow back in Eng­land.

  1. Buried with Christ
  2. O Lord, I Lift My Prayer
    • My Pledge to Keep

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