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Glossary: Abingdon Press


The name used by The United Methodist Publishing House for the publishing of books. The name is connected with American Methodism through the founding of Cokesbury College in Abingdon, Maryland. In 1915 the name Abingdon Press was first adopted by the Methodist Book Concern of The Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1923, The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, adopted Cokesbury as the name for the book publishing department of its publishing house. At the time of the 1939 union, Abingdon-Cokesbury was adopted as the trade name. This was used until 1954 when Abingdon was designated as the name for the church press and Cokesbury was used as the name for the retail unit operated by The United Methodist Publishing House.

Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by permission.