Sherwood Eddy was an American Protestant missionary, author, administrator and educator. He was born George Sherwood Eddy on January 19, 1871 to George Alfred Eddy and Margaret Louise Nolan at Leavenworth, Kansas. He attended Phillips Andover Academy, graduated from Yale University in 1891 and then studied at Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating in 1896. He was one of the first of sixteen thousand student volunteers who emerged from the leading universities of the U.S. and Europe to serve as missionaries in the far flung corners of the world. Working among the poor and outcasts of India he mastered the Tamil language and served as a traveling evangelist among the students and masses of southern India beginning in Palamcottah for the first 15 years of his missionary service. He spent the next 15 years doing student evangelistic work across Asia - from China, Japa, and the Philippines, through the Near East to Turkey, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, and then to czarist and later to Soviet Russia. As a national secretary of the YMCA he worked in an honorary capacity among students in Japan, Korea, China, India, the Near East, and Russia. He founded the Delta and Providence Cooperative Farms with Reverend Sam H. Franklin in 1936. Eddy died on November 4, 1963 at Jacksonville, Illinois.