T TRUEBLOOD, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ( 25 November 1847, Salem, IN-- 28 October 1916, Newton Highlands, MA. Education: Friends Blue River Academy, IN; A.B., Earlham, 1869. Career: President, Wilmington and Penn Colleges; general secretary, American Peace Society. Trueblood came from the same southern Indiana Quaker farm village as Joseph
Moore*. An expert in French and German, he taught Greek and Latin at Penn
College, Iowa, 1870-74; married Sarah Terrell; and was called to be president
of Wilmington College, Ohio, 1874-79, and of Penn College, Iowa, 1879-90,
being the key person in building academically these just-opened Quaker colleges.
While in Iowa, he wrote on "Ministers' Wages" for The Christian Worker, in
support of John Henry Douglas's* program of paying pastors from a central
fund. He took part in the Richmond Conference of 1887, supporting paid pastorates against Joseph Beuan Braithwaite.After a year traveling and speaking in Europe on international arbitration, 1890-91, he served as general secretary of the American Peace Society, 1892- 1915, living mostly near Boston but attending annually national peace congresses
and speaking widely. He pioneered the methods of rational, persuasive, long-
term lobbying in Washington later used by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).
|A. || William Penn's Holy Experiment ( Boston: 1895); The Federation of the World ( Boston: 1899; many editions); The Historic Development of the Peace Idea (pamphlet, Boston: 1906, many editions): International Arbitration at the Opening of the Twentieth
Century ( Boston: 1909). Trueblood's papers: those of his daughter and secretary, Lydia T. Wolkins; and those of the American Peace Society are in the Swarthmore
College Peace Collection, Swarthmore, Pa.|
|B. || George Selleck, Quakers in Boston, 1656-1964 ( Cambridge, Mass.: 1976); Paul Minear
, Richmond, 1887: A Quaker Drama Unfolds ( Richmond, Ind.: 1987).|
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Book title: The Quakers.
Contributors: Hugh Barbour - Author, J. William Frost - Author.
Publisher: Greenwood Press.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1988.
Page number: 369.
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