William Burden

(1870-1945). Pioneer Seventh-day Adventist missionary in Japan; founder of the Japan Publishing House (Fukuinsha). Reared on the Pacific Coast, he early chose to become a missionary to the Japanese people. After attending Healdsburg College from 1892 to 1896, he entered city mission work in San Francisco and volunteered to help in the mission school for the Japanese. In 1897 he married Suzanne Margery Grainger, daughter of W. C. Grainger, the first American SDA missionary to Japan, and the next year began a term of service in Japan that lasted 20 years. To foster the publishing work, he set up a small printing shop in his own house and then in 1909 led in the establishment of the Japan Publishing House. He returned to the United States 10 years later.

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

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