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William Cameron Townsend

1896 - 1982

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William Cameron Townsend (July 9, 1896 – April 23, 1982) was an American Christian missionary-linguist and the founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute of Linguistics (now SIL International) Both organisations emphasized the translation of the Bible into minority languages, as well as the development of literacy and bilingual education programs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Cameron Townsend has received more than 105,900 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. William Cameron Townsend is the 2,524th most popular religious figure (down from 2,149th in 2019), the 10,312th most popular biography from United States (down from 9,010th in 2019) and the 85th most popular American Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, William Cameron Townsend ranks 2,524 out of 2,238Before him are Anders Wejryd, Simon Pimenta, Tris Speaker, Dan Osman, Avery Dulles, and Edward Egan. After him are Mike Bossy, John Onaiyekan, John Dew, Youssef Rzouga, Aleksandr Kurlovich, and John Ribat.

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Among people born in 1896, William Cameron Townsend ranks 241Before him are Okuro Oikawa, Gopal Swarup Pathak, Priscilla Dean, Pavel Antokolsky, Cyril Slater, and Erle C. Kenton. After him are Samuel Mosberg, Ian Wolfe, J. Carrol Naish, Alan Mowbray, Reverend Gary Davis, and Elliott Nugent. Among people deceased in 1982, William Cameron Townsend ranks 252Before him are Gopal Swarup Pathak, Kenneth Rexroth, Henri Dulieux, Humphrey Searle, Philip Hall, and Virginia Fox. After him are Rab Butler, Lester Bangs, Francisco Gamborena, Hugh Marlowe, Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, and John Cody.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Cameron Townsend ranks 10,312 out of 18,182Before him are John O'Connor (1920), Irving Jaffee (1906), Nathaniel Cartmell (1883), Horace Elgin Dodge (1868), Alan Merrill (1951), and Edgar Buchanan (1903). After him are Dave Bartholomew (1918), Chita Rivera (1933), Anson Mount (1973), Frank Church (1924), Michael Gaston (1962), and Adrienne King (1960).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In United States

Among religious figures born in United States, William Cameron Townsend ranks 85Before him are John T. Scopes (1900), Walter Rauschenbusch (1861), Tris Speaker (1888), Dan Osman (1963), Avery Dulles (1918), and Edward Egan (1932). After him are Katharine Drexel (1858), Timothy M. Dolan (1950), Joseph F. Smith (1838), Timothy Ray Brown (1966), Daniel DiNardo (1949), and John Cody (1907).