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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