Mumaw, Levi (1879-1935)

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Levi Mumaw, the second of nine children of Amos and Catherine (Shaum) Mumaw, was born near Winesburg, Holmes County, Ohio, 6 November 1879. When he was a child the family moved to Elkhart County, Indiana, and after 16 years returned to Ohio, settling in Wayne County. He was married 6 June 1903 to Fannie Shoemaker (d. 1921). In 1923 he was married to Alice Hershey, Manheim, Pennsylvania, who survived him. No children survived. In 1910 Mumaw was called to Scottdale to serve as treasurer of the Mennonite Publishing House. In a few years the work of secretary was combined with that of treasurer and he continued to serve as secretary-treasurer of the Publishing House until his death. It was in this period of 25 years of devoted service to the publishing interests of the Mennonite Church that he made his greatest contribution. Other important offices were given to Mumaw. He was chosen secretary of the Mennonite Relief Commission when it was organized in 1917. When the various Mennonite groups organized the Mennonite Central Committee in 1920 he was elected executive secretary-treasurer, which office he held until his death in 1935. When the Mennonite Relief Committee (under the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities) replaced the Mennonite Relief Commission in 1926, by action of both the Mission Board and Mennonite General Conference, he was elected secretary and continued to serve in that capacity until his death. He was vice-president of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities 1927-1935. By virtue of the offices which he held in these bodies he served on the executive committees of the Mennonite Publication Board and the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities.

Mumaw was song leader in the local congregation for many years, and was often called to serve in this capacity in church-wide meetings. When the Church Hymnal, published first in 1927, was in preparation he took care of all business matters relating to its compilation, and read the proof for both words and music. He died at Scottdale on 4 June 1935.


Umble, John Sylvanus. Mennonite pioneers: biographical sketches of some of the leading men and women in the Mennonite Church who have served in the institutions of the church in the home land. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 1940: 137-151.

Author(s) John L Horst
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 774. All rights reserved.

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