Smith, Alson Jesse (1908–1965)
Writer and lecturer on religion and parapsychology. He was
born on August 12, 1908, at Danbury, Connecticut. He studied
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at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania (B.A., 1930) and
Garrett Biblical Institute (now Garrett Theological Seminary),
Evanston, Illinois (B.D., 1933). He was ordained as a minister
in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and after a year in Montana
(1933–34) he served churches in New York and Connecticut
for 20 years (1935–54). He retired from the active ministry
in 1954 and became a full-time author and lecturer. In the
years after World War II he wrote a number of books including
several on the psychic. He was a member of Spiritual Frontiers
fellowship (now the International Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship)
in its initial years. He died May 17, 1965.
Sources
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Smith, Alson Jesse. Faith to Live By. Garden City, N.Y.
Doubleday, 1949.
———. Immortality The Scientific Evidence. N.p., 1954.
———. Psychic Source Book. New York Creative Age Press,
1951.
———. Religion and the New Psychology. Garden City, N.Y.
Doubleday, 1951.

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