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1952 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Norman Vincent Peale*

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Peale Center

"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."

Norman Vincent Peale was born in 1898 in Bowersville, Ohio. As a boy, he helped support his family by delivering newspapers and working in a grocery store. He was educated at Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University. Peale became an ordained Methodist minister in 1922, but changed his religious affiliation to the Reformed Church in 1932. He served for 52 years as pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, growing the congregation there from 600 to 5,000. In 1952, he wrote The Power of Positive Thinking, which has sold more than 20 million copies and has been translated into 41 languages. In all, he wrote 46 "inspirational" books. President Reagan awarded Peale the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the field of theology. He was one of the most influential Protestant clergymen in the United States.

Peale became a member of the Horatio Alger Association in 1952, five years after the organization was formed. He is considered a co-founder of the Association because he was responsible for ensuring the perpetuation of Kenneth Beebe's vision for the organization.

* Deceased