Helmut Richard Niebuhr was born in Wright City, Missouri and grew up in Lincoln, Illinois. He came from a family of ministers: his father was a minister; his mother was the daughter of a minister; his sister Hulda became a professor at McCormick Theological Seminary; and his brother Reinhold taught at Union Theological Seminary and was one of the foremost religious figures of the 20th century.
H. Richard Niebuhr graduated from Elmhurst College in 1912 and went on to Eden Seminary, where he graduated in 1915. He was a minister in St. Louis and taught on the Eden faculty before earning B.D and Ph.D degrees from Yale Divinity School. Niebuhr was appointed president in 1924 and resigned in 1927 to return to Eden Seminary. In 1931, he accepted a position on the faculty of Yale, where he remained until his death in 1962. (From An Ever-Widening Circle by Melitta J. Cutright).
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