Oxnam, Garfield Bromley, 1891-1963, American Methodist bishop, b. Sonora, Calif., grad. Univ. of Southern California (B.A., 1913) and Boston Univ., 1915. He was ordained in 1916. After teaching at the Univ. of Southern California (1919-23) and at Boston Univ. (1927-28), he was (1928-36) president of DePauw Univ. In 1936 he was elected bishop of his denomination. After serving as resident bishop in the Omaha, Boston, and New York areas, he was assigned to the Washington (D.C.) area in 1952. From 1948 to 1954 he was president of the World Council of Churches. A liberal on social problems, he wrote Preaching in a Revolutionary Age (1944), I Protest (1954), and A Testament of Faith (1958).
Oxnam is a village in Roxburghshire in the Scottish Borders. It is a primarily residential town.


Oxnam is from Old English oxa (genitive oxan) "oxen" and ham "village", the meaning being "village where ox are bred". The name was recorded as Oxenamm in 1148.

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