Reverend Howard Sweetser Bliss

Reverend Howard Sweetser Bliss

Male 1860 - 1920  (59 years)

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  • Name Howard Sweetser Bliss 
    Prefix Reverend 
    Born 6 Dec 1860  Souk-el-Gharb, Lebanon, Syria Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID B034B924B0690D488BC0EF18209303B2E966 
    Died 2 May 1920  Saranac Lake, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I42671  Scudder
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2006 

    Family Amy Blatchford,   b. 20 May 1862, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1941, Jerusalem, Palestine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1889  Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    _UID 95790ED980C26A4AB0B103264A9BE91A5D50 
    Children 
     1. Mary Williams Bliss,   b. 16 Nov 1890, Brooklyn, Kings, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Margaret Blatchford Bliss,   b. 21 Jan 1893, Brooklyn, Kings, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Alice Wood Bliss,   b. 23 Nov 1894, Upper Montclair, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Reverend Daniel Bliss, II,   b. 15 Mar 1898, Upper Montclair, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Howard Huntington Bliss,   b. 12 Apr 1903, Beirut, Syria Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F15243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Notes 
    • Howard received his elementary education in Souk-el-Gharb, then left for the United States, following in his father's footsteps, graduating from Amherst College in 1882. He then joined the Union Theological Seminary, and was granted a scholarship which allowed him to pursue his studies for two years at Oxford, Berlin, and Goettingen.

      Upon the retirement of his father, Howard left his work as minister of the Christian Union Congregational Church in New Jersey, and came to Beirut to assume the responsibilities of president of the Syrian Protestant College. He was inaugurated in May 1903.

      Howard was a man of high principles, and was highly respected by the Turkish rulers of this part of the world. During World War I, even though Turkey and the United States were in opposite camps, the College never closed. Many of the College's overseas students were stuck in Beirut, unable to return to their homes. Howard made sure that neither these students nor the rest of the College would ever be wanting; it was difficult times but he managed to pull through until after the war. Living under stress during the war years may have contributed to his premature death.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1114] Blatchford Memorial II, Blatchford, Eliphalet Wickes; comp., (Chicago: N.P., 1912), p. 90.

    2. [S1103] Blatchford Memorial II, Supplement, Blatchford, Charles H.; comp., (N.P.: Tucker Printing Company, 1947), p. 7.

    3. [S1114] Blatchford Memorial II, Blatchford, Eliphalet Wickes; comp., (Chicago: N.P., 1912), p. 78a.