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 William Wistar Comfort

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William Wistar Comfort

Birth
Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 24 Dec 1955 (aged 81)
Haverford, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 8232914 View Source
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William Wistar Comfort was the son of Howard and Susan Foulke Comfort. He graduated from Haverford College in 1894 and obtained a PhD from Harvard in 1902. He taught at Haverford from 1897-98, and 1902-09. He taught Romance Languages at Cornell from 1909-17, then returned to Haverford to become the school president, an office he held until 1940.

He was a Minister in the Society of Friends Church, was Clerk of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting from 1934-53, President of Friends Historical Association from 1941-53, and a member of the board at Lingnan University, China.

He was the author of many books on Quaker topics.

He married Mary Lawton Fales in 1902 and was the father of 5 children.

(Source: Dictionary of Quaker Biography "Comfort Families of America", including the death year of 1955.)


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  • Created by: Jennifer M.
  • Added: 2 Jan 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8232914
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8232914/william-wistar-comfort : accessed ), memorial page for William Wistar Comfort (27 May 1874–24 Dec 1955), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8232914, citing Haverford New Meeting Cemetery, Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Jennifer M. (contributor 1009101) .