Who did Billy Sunday marry?
Billy Sunday was born near Ames, Iowa. His father, William Sunday, was the son of German immigrants named Sonntag, who had anglicized their name to “Sunday” when they settled in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
William Sunday was a bricklayer who worked his way to Iowa, where he married Mary Jane Corey, daughter of “Squire” Martin Corey, a local farmer, miller, blacksmith, and wheelwright. William Sunday enlisted in the Iowa Twenty-Third Volunteer Infantry on August 14, 1862.
The Sundays had four children: Helen Edith (1890), George Marquis (1892), William Ashley Jr. (1901) and Paul Thompson (1907). Billy Sunday had left professional baseball for religious work in 1891, and by 1896, he had begun his own evangelistic career.
Helen Thompson Sunday. Jump to navigation Jump to search. Helen Amelia Thompson Sunday (June 25, 1868 – February 20, 1957) was the wife of Billy Sunday, an indefatigable organizer of his huge evangelistic campaigns during the first decades of the twentieth century, and eventually, an evangelistic speaker in her own right.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Billy Sunday (1862-1935) began his career as a baseball player for the Chicago White Stockings, but later became one of the country’s best known evangelists. Between 1896 and 1935 he gave an estimated 20,000 sermons.
William Ashley Sunday
Billy Sunday, byname of William Ashley Sunday, (born Nov. 19, 1862/63, Ames, Iowa, U.S.—died Nov. 6, 1935, Chicago), American evangelist whose revivals and sermons reflected the emotional upheavals caused by transition from rural to industrial society in the United States.
Between 1910 and 1920, he preached in most of the nation’s major metropolitan centers, reaching the zenith of his success with a ten-week revival in New York City in the spring and summer of 1917. Sunday was as controversial as he was popular.
Temperance and Prohibition Sunday was credited with being a major social influence in The Temperance Movement, which led to Prohibition in 1919. One of his most famous sermons was “Booze, or, Get on the Water Wagon,” which persuaded many to give up drinking.
Born into poverty in Iowa, Sunday spent some years at the Iowa Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home before working at odd jobs and playing for local running and baseball teams.
Helen Thompson Sundaym. 1888