John Harper

John Harper

Reverend John Harper, a baptist minister travelled with his daughter Nina Harper and Miss Jessie Leitch from London en route to Chicago. Rev Harper was on his way to Chicago to begin a series of revival meetings at the Moody church located on West Chicago and La Salle Avenue. He had been at the church during November, December and January of 1911/12 and his success there resulted in his being recalled to conduct a second series of meetings.

On the evening of April 14 the Reverend Harper and Miss Leitch were standing on deck admiring the sunset. "it will be beautiful in the morning," remarked rev Harper before retiring for the night. After the collision, Harper awakened his daughter, picked her up and wrapped her in a blanket before carrying her up to A deck. There he kissed her goodbye and handed her to a crewman, who put her into lifeboat 11 with Miss Leitch. Rev Harper went down with the ship.

A well-known photograph of the second class promenade, in which a young girl is seen holding her father's hand, is believed by many to show young Nina Harper and her father.

References and Sources

Unidentified Encyclopedia, 1982, Extracts
Memorial Service Programme Notes

Newspaper Articles

Aguilla Webb Unidentified Encyclopædia John Harper
New York Times (17 April 1912) LOST TWO IN IROQUOIS FIRE
Chicago Record-Herald (17 April 1912) Preacher en-route here
Chicago Tribune (21 April 1912) Jessie Leitch's Story
Chicago Tribune (22 April 1912) HOLD MEMORIAL FOR THE TITANIC
Unidentified Newspaper (23 April 1912) Tribute paid to John Harper lost on the Titanic
Southern Reporter (25 April 1912) Titanic Disaster - well-known missionary among the drowned.
Unidentified Newspaper (26 April 1912) Baptist Minister Drowned


John Harper
Revd John Harper
Revd John Harper, Nana and Jessie Leitch

Documents and Certificates

(1912) Probate report: Revd John Harper

Letters and Diaries

(1912) Letter sent by John Harper from the Titanic


John Harper (Family Information)
Rev John Harper General information

Graves and Memorials

Memorial Headstone
(1912) Memorial Service Programme
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Günter Bäbler, Switzerland
Marie Dezort, USA

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2009) John Harper (ref: #435, last updated: 15th April 2009, accessed 15th June 2021 18:14:59 PM)

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