Charles Freer Andrews

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Birthday
12, 1871
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Apr 5, 1940 (69)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
12, 1871
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Apr 5, 1940 (69)

About

Famous for his close friendship and activist collaboration with Indian Independence movement leader Mahatma Gandhi, Andrews returned to his native England in his later years and became a leader in the Christian radicalism movement. He penned several books, including What I Owe to Christ and Christ and Labour.

Before Fame

After studying Classics at Pembroke College, Cambridge, he became a deacon in the Church of England and subsequently joined the Cambridge Mission to Delhi. While in India, he became involved in the Indian National Congress.

Trivia

As a play on Andrews' initials, C.F.A., Gandhi nicknamed his closest friend "Christ's Faithful Apostle."

Family Life

He grew up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Birmingham, England, as the son of a Catholic Apostolic Church minister.

Associated With

During the 1920s and '30s, he was a close associate of the acclaimed Indian author Rabindranath Tagore.