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William Wallace Faris
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Birth: Aug. 25, 1843
Washington County
Ohio, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1925
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

(shared from Joyce Ewing - Thank you)
Dr. W.W. Faris Dies

Dr. W.W. Faris, well known to all of our older citizens, and pastor emeritus, of the First Presbyterian Church, of Miami, Fla., died at his home in that city Monday, March 16. Dr. Faris' health had been failing for 4 or 5 years. He retired from the active ministry five years ago after 50 years of active service.

Dr. Faris was born August 25, 1843, at Barlow, Ohio, the son of the Rev. John McDonald and Anna Elizabeth Faris. He was educated in the high school of Fredericktown, Ohio, Miller Academy of Washington, Pa., and University of Chicago, graduating from the latter school in 1866, and from McCormack Theological Seminary of Chicago in 1869.

He was licensed to preach in April, 1867, and ordained in June, 1868. He was pastor in Vermont, Clinton, Peoria, Carlinsville and Anna, Ill., Cape Girardeau, Mo., Hazelwood Church, Pittsburgh, and Miami, Fla. From 1891 to 1893 he was editor of Occident, SanFrancisco, and during the same time he preached in various churches near San Francisco.

Dr. Faris founded Union Academy, Anna, Ill., and was its principal from 1883 to 1891, and again from 1901 to 1903, and at the same time was pastor of the Presbyterian church of Anna. While principal of the academy and pastor of the church he founded and edited The Talk, an independent weekly newspaper published at Anna, now conducted by a former pupil of 1883.

In 1859, his study at Washington College was interrrupted and Dr. Faris taught school in Illinois. His health failing, he went to the Pacific Coast at the age of 18 years, teaching for some years in an academy in Sacramento and in the City College of San Francisco.

During 1864, he spent six months in Nevada and then enrolled in the United States volunteers and was commissioned a lieutenant of calvary but was never mustered in because the war ended before the arrival of his commission. He was mustered out of service in November 1865, and returned at once to the East and completed his literary course in the old University of Chicago and entered the ministry, actually beginning to preach in 1866 and serving for a time as Sunday school missionary before taking a church. In 1855 Blackburn College of Carlinsville, Ill., conferred on him the honorary title of Doctor of Divinity. The presidency of this institution was offered him in 1891.

On June 22, 1868, Dr. Faris was married in Chicago to Miss Isabella Hardie Thomson, a teacher in the public schools of that city. To them were born 12 children, of whom 10 reached maturity. They are: The Rev. Wallace S. Faris, who died as a victim of famine relief work in China after nine years' service; the Rev. John T. Faris, D.D., editor of the Presbyterian Board of Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church in the United States; the Rev. Paul P. Faris, who served for a time as a missionary in China and who is now on the editorial staff of the Continent, Chicago; Phillip M. Faris, now in business in Los Angeles; Mrs. Charles H. Wiley, of Anna, Ill.; Mrs. Herbert M. King, Mrs. William Armstrong, once a missionary to Porto Rico and later in China, all of Miami; and Mrs. T. Lee Agnew, of Ogden, Ill.; Miss Sara Faris, now a missionary in China. All of these with the exception of the Rev. Wallace S. Faris, are still living.

In 1876 the trustees of Dartmouth College awarded Dr. Faris a special prize for that year for an essay entitled "Children of Light", published in 1877 by Roberts Brothers of Boston, an edition which is now out of print. In 1908 he published a little book called "How to Talk With God", which is also out of print. In 1920 he published a small volume entitled "The Christian Home". Besides these he was author of many magazine and newspaper articles, literary and theological. The first of these was published in Scribner's Magazine, August 1873.

Another in the Presbyterian Review and Reform in one of its issues of 1895 attracted attention, and a long series of artcles was published in various periodicals of the Presbyterian Board of Education of Philadelphia.

His literary activity continued until his final loss of health in 1920.

In Miami Dr. Faris was for a short time emergency principal of the public schools in 1900 and later was for several years a member and the chairman of the Dade County Board of Public Instruction.

He became a member of the Masonic fraternity in 1868 and in Miami was for a time Worshipful Master of Bay Biscayne Lodge, the first High Priest of Jericho Chapter, R.A.M., and 1901 was Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Florida, F. and A.M.

Besides nine living children, he has 29 living grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Source: Anna, Illinois Democrat, March 27, 1925
Family links: 
  John McDonald Faris (1818 - 1896)
  Anna Elizabeth Wallace Faris (1817 - 1887)
  Isabella Hardie Thomson Faris (1843 - 1927)*
  Wallace Sommerville Faris (1869 - 1907)*
  John Thomson Faris (1871 - 1949)*
  Marion Elizabeth Faris Wiley (1872 - 1966)*
  Lella Faris King (1874 - 1967)*
  Paul Patton Faris (1877 - 1960)*
  Margaret Faris Armstrong (1879 - 1963)*
  Sarah Faris (1880 - 1979)*
  Agnes Nona Faris Agnew (1883 - 1972)*
  Faith Faris Hill (1885 - 1964)*
  Philip Melanchthon Faris (1889 - 1933)*
  William Wallace Faris (1843 - 1925)
  Sarah Anne Faris Jinnette (1850 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA
Plot: Section 1 Lot 142 Grave 3
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Record added: Aug 15, 2011
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