Bradford Sherman, C.S.D.

Portrait by Eben F. Comins. Original Longyear Collection.


BRADFORD SHERMAN was so impressed by a Christian Science healing he witnessed in Boston in September 1882 that he immediately made Christian Science healing his life work. He returned from Boston to his home in Chicago, Illinois, and in the spring of 1883 began the practice of spiritual healing with his wife and son — Martha and Roger Sherman. The Shermans were the first practitioners in Chicago, and at that time their teacher was solely the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health. In February 1884, Mrs. Eddy invited the Sherman family to attend her Primary class in Boston, and it was Bradford Sherman who encouraged Mrs. Eddy to travel to Chicago to teach and lecture there in the spring of 1884.  A year later Bradford had Normal class instruction and received the degree of C.S.B. By May 1890, he was officially listed as a teacher in The Christian Science Journal, although he had been teaching prior to that time. He and Mrs. Sherman moved to Mobile, Alabama, in 1896, where Mr. Sherman practiced until 1901. He then returned to Chicago to rejoin his son, where he became principal of the Chicago Christian Science Institute in 1902. Bradford Sherman was listed in the Journal as a teacher and practitioner until 1918.

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