Nebraska Authors

Byron Eshelman

Born 1915-10-28 Red Cloud, NE (USA)

Died 1989-05-13
Sonoma County, CA (USA)

Places Lived

Red Cloud, NE
McPherson, KS
Anthony, KS
Emporia, KS
New Haven, CT
Oroville, CA
San Quentin, CA
Oakland, CA
Occidental, CA
Berkeley, CA
Santa Rosa, CA

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Prison work; Autobiography; California State Prison


Bachelor of Arts, 1937, Kansas State Teacher's College, Emporia, KS
Divinity Degree, 1942, Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT
Graduate Work, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA


Minister, United Church of Christ
Prison Chaplain

Places Worked

Various churchs in Nebraska, California, and Connecticut
United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island, CA, chaplain
First Congregational Church, Oroville, CA
California State Prison, San Quentin, CA
Star Engraving Company, KS


Named U.S. Chaplain of the Year by the Salvation Army, 1963


American Protestant Correctional Chaplains Association, President, 1959-1961
American Correctional Chaplains Association, President, 1960-1961
American Correctional Association, Board member, 1960-1961
Alumni Association of the Pacific School of Religion, President, 1962-1963
Bay Association of Congregational Churches, Moderator, 1947-1948
Northern California Conference of the United Church of Christ, Board of Directors, 1963-1966


Death Row Chaplain. 1962.

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