Bishop Edgar Amos Love
(1891-1974) was born in Virginia
Graduated from the
Academy of Morgan College
Bachelor of Arts Degree,
Howard University, 1913
Bachelor of Sacred
Theology Degree, Howard University, 1916
Bachelor of Divinity
Degree, Boston University, 1918
Doctor of Divinity Degree
(Honorary), Morgan College, 1935
U.S. Army Chaplain, World
Bishop, Methodist Church
Interred at the Mt.
Auburn MD along the fence, left of the first
entrance, approx. 40 feet from the entrance.
Edgar A. Love was born in Harrisburg, Virginia, September
10, 1891, the son of Rev. Julius C. Love and Mrs. Susie C.
He received his early training in the public schools of
Virginia and Maryland. In 1909, he graduated from the
Academy of Morgan College. In 1913, he graduated Cum Laude
from Howard University with a of Bachelor of Arts degree.
In 1916 after three years of additional hard work, he
received the Bachelor of Divinity degree from Howard
University. To further his training, he entered Boston
University, from where he received the Bachelor of Sacred
Theology degree in 1918. Later he spent two sessions of
graduate worked at the University of Chicago. Because of his
distinguished work in religion as a teacher, pastor and
inspired civic worker for the advancement of all humanity,
Morgan College conferred upon him the honorary degree of
Doctor of divinity in June, 1935.
Rev. Love pastored for fifteen months at Fairmount,
Maryland, four years at Washington, D.C., three years at
Annapolis, Maryland, three years in Wheeling, West Virginia,
and two years at Baltimore Maryland, directing the great
John Wesley M.C. Church. As a pastor, Rev. Love, inspiring
and efficient, made the Church, wherever he was, function as
a community center for the people of the neighborhood, as
well as a temple of worship for the Most High God.
When the call of the United States came for our youth to do
service in France, our Founder promptly entered the
Officers' Training Camp at Des Moines, Iowa and was
commissioned as a First Lieutenant. He was assigned as
Chaplain to the 368 Infantry, with which unit he saw service
in the Vosges Mountains, and in the Argonne Forest, spending
eight days in the great offensive, where he was gassed.
While in the army he had supervision over 3,000 men.
Aside from administering to the spiritual needs of the
soldiers, he also taught in the army school. He helped to
organize a school for illiterates in the 809th Pioneer
Infantry, which was developed into a regular school system.
The school included in its curriculum subjects ranging from
reading and writing to motor mechanics and philosophy.
Fourteen teachers were drafted from the ranks and
constituted the faculty.
In 1919, after being honorably discharged from the United
States Army, Rev. Love became Professor of History and Bible
at Morgan College. At the same time he served as Director of
Athletics. In addition he served as Principal of the
Rev. Love was community-minded; believing that religion is
life in God and should be the guiding force in all affairs,
he always found time from his religious duties to be active
in civic matters. For instance, he was a delegate from the
state of Maryland to the First American Legion Convention
that was held at Minneapolis, Minnesota. Because of his high
attainments, he was appointed by Governor Ritchie of
Maryland as a Member of the Maryland Interracial Commission.
He was the first Grand Basileus of the Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity and served in that capacity for three terms.
As a Founder of our great Fraternity, as a Soldier, an
Educator, and a Minister, Rev. Love had an unusual career
and has endeared himself into the hearts of many thousands.