Bliss, Howard Sweetser

Bliss, Daniel

Bliss, Daniel, 1823–1916, American missionary, b. Franklin co., Vt., founder of Syrian Protestant College (now the American Univ. of Beirut) in Lebanon. He went to Syria in 1855, returning in 1862 to secure funds and a charter for the college, which was opened in 1866; he was its president until 1902. His son, Howard Sweetser Bliss, 1860–1920, b. Syria, grad. Amherst, 1882, and Union Theological Seminary, 1887, succeeded him as president and enlarged and liberalized the college.


See D. Bliss's Reminiscences (ed. by his son, 1920).

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Bliss, Howard Sweetser

(1860–1920) missionary, educator; born in Suq al Gharb, Syria. His father, Daniel Bliss (1823–1916) was the founder and the president (1866–1902) of Syrian Protestant College (later renamed the American University of Beirut). Howard Bliss graduated from Union Theological Seminary (1887) and was a Congregational minister in Montclair, N.J. (1894–1902). He succeeded his father as president of Syrian Protestant College (1903–20). During his tenure he increased the size of the non-Christian student body. Through frankness and diplomacy he kept the college intact during World War I. He died in New Hampshire and was buried near Mount Monadnock.
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