Biography of Rev. Charles F. Thwing
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

REV. CHARLES FRANKLIN THWING, distinguished clergyman, educator and author, has been president of Western Reserve University and Adelbert College, Cleveland, since 1890. He was born at New Sharon, Maine, Nov. 9, 1853. In 1876 he was graduated in Harvard University, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and in 1879 he was graduated in Andover Theological Seminary. In 1889 the Chicago Theological Seminary gave him the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology, and the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws has been conferred upon him by several educational institutions, including Washington & Jefferson College and Kenyon College.

In 1879 Doctor Thwing was ordained a clergyman of the Congregational Church, and thereafter he served until 1886 as pastor of the North Avenue Congregational Church at Cambridge, Massachusetts, his next pastoral charge, 1886-90, having been Plymouth Church at Minneapolis, Minnesota. From this pastorate he came, in 1890, to his present important office, that of president of Western Reserve University and Adelbert College, his administration having been one of distinctive success along both scholastic and executive lines. Doctor Thwing is associate editor of Bibliotheca Sacra, is secretary of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and has given able service as president of the Intercollegiate Peace Association. The doctor is the author of many valuable works, the titles of a few of which are here noted: "American Colleges. Their Students and Work," "The Reading of Books," "The Family" (in collaboration with Mrs. Thwing), "The Working Church," "Within College Walls," "The College Woman," "The American College in American Life," "The Best Life," "College Administration," "The Youth's Dream of Life," "God in His World," "A Liberal Education and a Liberal Faith," "College Training and the Business Man," "A History of Higher Education in America," "Education in the Far East," "History of Education in the United States Since the Civil War," "Universities of the World," "The Coordinate System in Higher Education," "The American College," "Education According to Some Modem Masters."

In 1879 Doctor Thwing wedded Miss Carrie F. Butler, whose death occurred in 1898. In 1906 was solemnized his marriage to Mary Gardiner Dunning..

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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