Bliss, William D(wight) P(orter) 1856-1926

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BLISS, William D(wight) P(orter) 1856-1926

PERSONAL: Born August 20, 1856, in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey; U.S. citizen born abroad; died October 8, 1926, in New York, NY; son of Edwin Elisha (a missionary) and Isabella Holmes (a missionary; maiden name, Porter) Bliss; married Mary Pangalo, June 30, 1884. Education: Attended Robert College, Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey, and Amherst College; Hartford Theological Seminary, graduated, 1882.

CAREER: Pastor of a church in Denver, CO, c. 1882; pastor of a Congregational church in South Natick, MA, until 1886; priest of a Protestant Episcopal church in South Boston, MA, 1887-90; Church of the Carpenter, Boston, MA, founder and rector, 1890-94; Christian Socialist Union, national lecturer, 1894-98; pastor of a church in San Gabriel, CA, 1898; National Social Reform Union, president, 1899-1902; pastor of an Episcopal parish in Amityville, NY, 1902-06; U.S. Department of Labor, investigator, 1907-09; pastor of an Episcopal church in West Orange, NJ, 1910-14; worked with soldiers interned in Switzerland during World War I; St. Martha's Church, New York, NY, pastor, 1921-25. Labor candidate for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, 1887; Christian Socialist Society, organizer, 1889; American Institute for Social Service, member, 1909-14.


(Editor) The Communism of John Ruskin; or, "UntoThis Last": Two Lectures from "The Crown of Wild Olive"; and Selections from "Fors clavigera," Humboldt Publishing (New York, NY), 1891.

(Editor) Socialism, by John Stuart Mill: Being a Collection of His Writings on Socialism, with Chapters on Democracy, the Right of Property in Land, and the Enfranchisement of Women, Humboldt Publishing (New York, NY), 1891.

(Editor) Thorold Rogers, Six Centuries of Work andWages, abridged edition, 1891.

A Handbook of Socialism: A Statement of Socialism inIts Various Aspects, and a History of Socialism in All Countries, Scribner (New York, NY), 1895.

(Editor) The Encyclopedia of Social Reform: IncludingPolitical Economy, Political Science, Sociology, and Statistics, Funk & Wagnalls (New York, NY), 1897, revised edition (as editor-in-chief) published as The New Encyclopedia of Social Reform: Including All Social-Reform Movements and Activities, and the Economic Industrial, and Sociological Facts and Statistics of All Countries and All Social Subjects, 1908.

(With W. H. Tolman) Social Progress: A Year Book and Encyclopedia of Economic, Industrial, Social, and Religious Statistics, Volume 3, Baker & Taylor (New York, NY), 1906.

Author (with Josiah Strong) of Studies in the Gospel of the Kingdom. Editor, Dawn, 1889-96, and American Fabian, 1895-96.



New York Herald Tribune, October 9, 1926.

New York Times, October 9, 1926.*