Religion: Election of a Leader

To one of U.S. Protestantism's most celebrated ministers last week came an honor long past due. Affable, handsome, internationally known Dr. Henry Sloane Coffin, 66, president of New York's Union Theological Seminary, was elected Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.

In Detroit's Masonic Temple, 450 commissioners attended the church's 155th General Assembly. After listening to speeches for Dr. Coffin and for his rival, Dr. George H. Talbott, pastor of the First Church of Passaic, N.J., they voted: Coffin 291; Talbott 159.

Fish Market. Son of a wealthy Manhattan family (merchants and philanthropists). Coffin went to Yale ('97, Skull and Bones,...

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