John Burden

(1862-1942). Administrator. Beginning at 9 years of age he showed a deep interest and regard for the writings of Ellen G. White, and later was closely associated with Mrs. White in the development of sanitariums. In 1874 he joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and entered Healdsburg College in 1882. He became manager of the St. Helena Sanitarium in 1891, then from about 1901 to 1904 engaged in sanitarium work in Australia. In 1905, at Ellen White’s request, he promoted sanitarium work in southern California. After assisting in the purchase of the Glendale Sanitarium, he played an important part in the purchase of the Loma Linda property (1905). At Mrs. White’s urging, and, in spite of extreme financial difficulties, he gathered together a few students and teachers and began a medic...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.