Biography of William Christopher, Hanson D.D.

Discover your
family's story.

Enter a grandparent's name to get started.

choose a state:
Start Now

William Christopher Hanson, D. D. For a quarter of a century steadily engaged in the work of the ministry in Kansas, Doctor Hanson had filled many important posts of responsibility with the Methodist Episcopal Church and is now superintendent of the Kansas City District of the Kansas Conference.

He is a native of Chicago, where he was born October 18, 1866, a son of Louis Christopher and Carolina Christiana (Johnson) Hanson. His father was a Norwegian and his mother a native of Sweden. Both are now deceased and for many years they conducted a successful hotel business at Scandia, Kansas.

W. C. Hanson grew up in Scandia, Kansas, attended the high school there, and in early life learned the printing trade. He worked at that occupation, but after his conversion to religion he prepared for the ministry. He attended Concordia Academy, and in 1909 was given the degree Doctor of Divinity by Baker University. In 1892 he entered the Kansas Conference and successively served the churches at Linn, Wathena, Robinson, Marysville, Manhattan, Washington Avenue Church in Kansas City, Kansas, superintendent of the Clay Center District from 1906 to 1911, and from 1912 to 1917 superintendent of the Kansas City District. The office he now holds was formerly that of presiding elder. Doctor Hanson was a delegate to the general conferences of the church in 1908, 1912 and 1916. He is an active official of the board of Sunday schools of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is a trustee of Baker University.

In Kansas City, Kansas, he had become an important factor in civic affairs. During 1916 he was a director of the Kansas City Mercantile Club. He is a director of the Associated Charities, and is a trustee of Bethany Methodist Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas. He is also an active Mason, both a Knight Templar and Scottish Rite. In matters of politics Doctor Hanson had sought to exercise his suffrage in such a way as to promote the best ideals of good government, and had been guided by this desire rather than by party lines. In national politics, however, he is a republican.

Doctor Hanson married Nellie Harding. She died October 10, 1911. A son, Harry W., is an attorney at La Crosse, Kansas. The only daughter, Grace, died in 1913.

MLA Source Citation:

Connelley, William E. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago : Lewis, 1918. 5v. Biographies can be accessed from this page: Kansas and Kansans Biographies. Web. 29 January 2015. - Last updated on Sep 18th, 2011

Categories: ,
Locations: , , , , ,

Contribute to the Conversation!

Our "rules" are simple. Keep the conversation on subject and mind your manners! If this is your first time posting, we do moderate comments before we let them appear... so give us a while to get to them. Once we get to know you here, we'll remove that requirement.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Newsletter Signup

We currently provide two newsletters. Why not take both for a run?

Genealogy Update: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new, or significantly updated, collection or database on our website.

Circle of Nations: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new (or significantly updated) Native American collection or database on our website.

Once you've clicked on the Subscribe button above you'll receive an email from us requesting confirmation. You must confirm the email before you will be able to receive any newsletter.

Connect With Us!

Pin It on Pinterest


Share This

Share this post with your friends!