Born: Jan­u­a­ry 1, 1838, Man­ches­ter, In­di­a­na.

Died: No­vem­ber 10, 1914, Cook County, Il­li­nois.

Buried: Rose­hill Ce­me­te­ry, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.



Henry was the son of John Jack­son and Ma­bel G. Gar­rig­us, and hus­band of Mary Al­ice Clarke (mar­ried 1862).

He was ed­u­cat­ed at De­Pauw Un­i­ver­si­ty, Green­cas­tle, In­di­a­na (AB 1862, AM 1865, DD 1877, Phi Beta Kappa).

He joined the Phi Gam­ma Del­ta fra­ter­ni­ty, Lamb­da Chap­ter, as a fresh­man, No­vem­ber 14, 1858, and was chap­ter sec­re­ta­ry from 1861 to June 19, 1862.

After gra­du­a­tion, God­den was prin­ci­pal of the Stock­well Col­le­gi­ate In­sti­tute, Stock­well, In­di­a­na (1862–65); pas­tor of the Ames Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church, New Or­leans, Lou­isi­a­na (1866); and as­sist­ant ed­it­or of the New Or­leans Ad­vo­cate.

During a riot on Ju­ly 30, 1866, he was shot and beat­en. Af­ter re­cov­e­ry, he de­cid­ed to leave New Orl­eans.

He went on to serve as su­per­in­ten­dent of mis­sions in South Am­er­i­ca (1869–78). He and Al­ice spent ma­ny years in Bue­nos Air­es, Ar­gen­ti­na.

Upon re­turn­ing to Am­er­i­ca, he served pas­tor­ates at the Grand Av­e­nue Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church, Kan­sas City, Mis­sou­ri (1879); and in Se­dal­ia, Mis­sou­ri (1882–84).

He was pre­si­dent of Lew­is Col­lege, Glas­gow, Mis­sou­ri (1884–85, school closed in 1892).

He then re­sumed pas­tor­al work at the Cen­ten­a­ry Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church (1885–90) and the Marsh­field Av­e­nue Church (1890–92), both in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

He was pre­sid­ing eld­er, North Chi­ca­go Dis­trict, Rock Ri­ver Con­fer­ence (1892–98); dis­trict su­per­in­ten­dent, Chi­ca­go Dis­trict (1898–1904); and pas­tor of Chi­ca­go Lawn Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church (1910).

He was al­so a mem­ber of the Gen­er­al Mis­sion­a­ry Com­mit­tee dur­ing three qua­dren­ni­ums. He served on the Joint Com­mis­sion for pre­par­ing a hym­nal for Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church and Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church, South; and was Chap­lain at the 1898 Ek­kle­sia in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia.