Jessamyn West


Mary Jessamyn West  (July 18, 1902 – February 23, 1984) was born in Indiana, raised as a Quaker in California in the same church as Richard Nixon. She began writing after a stint in a sanitorium because of a tuberculosis diagnosis. She is most well known for the book The Friendly Persuasian.

Photo Credit: Johan Hagemeyer

Photo Credit: Johan Hagemeyer

“A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused [them] in vain.”

—Jessamyn West