History of Tufts College, 1854-1896Start, Alaric Bertrand
WARREN S. WOODBRIDGE, A.M., B. D.
WARREN S. WOODBRIDGE was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, December 25, 1851. His father is Samuel F. Woodbridge, the founder of the Woodbridge Professorship of Applied Christianity, of which the subject of this sketch is the first incumbent. In 1861 the family removed to North Cambridge, and Warren received his education in the Cambridge public schools, graduating from the High School in 1870. He at once entered Tufts, where, at the end of his Freshman year, he received two first prizes, one in reading and one in Latin prose composition. He was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity, and an editor of the "Tuftonian" during one year. Of athletics base-ball was his favorite, he playing on the Varsity nine one season. In 1874 he graduated at the head of his class, receiving the degree of A. B., and in the Fall of the same year he entered the Divinity School, from which he graduated in 1877. The following November he was married to Miss Elizabeth May Gerry, of Cambridge, and settled as pastor of the Universalist Church at Orona, Maine. After a pastorate here of two and a half years, Mr. Woodbridge accepted a call to Adams, Massachusetts, where he remained nine years, till April, 1889, when he was called to the Universalist Church in Medford. He served here nearly five years, resigning in 1894 to accept the appointment to the Divinity School Faculty. He spent the next year in a tour of observation and study in England and on the Continent, maturing plans for
|his work in the school, which began with the present college year.|
In the literary field Professor Woodbridge is the author of "Christ in the Life," one of the Manuals of Faith and Duty issued by the Universalist Publishing House, and has contributed articles to the "Universalist Quarterly" and the "Christian Leader." He has served for five years as a trustee of the Universalist State Convention, and has been several times a delegate to the General Convention. For three years he has been chairman of the Missionary Committee of the State Convention, and for eight years a trustee of the Universalist Publishing House, being at present one of its Board of Directors. He was also for several years a member of the Board of Visitors to Tufts Divinity School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Professor and Mrs. Woodbridge now have three children, and reside in Medford not far from the Hill.
Published by the Class of 1897. The original contains appendices with a directory of alumni, the college catalog, and the college charter. These were not included in this addition.
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