Biography of William F. Peirce
North Central Ohio Biographies

William F. Peirce, L H. D., D. D. LL. D. As president of Kenyon College, Dr. Peirce is well known in educational circles throughout the country. He was born at Chicopee Falls, Mass., Feb. 3, 1868, the son of Levi Merriam and Mary H. (Foster) Peirce.

William Foster Peirce received the degree of Bachelor of Arts at Amherst College in 1888, and the degree of Master of Arts in 1890. He received the honorary degree of L. H. D. at Hobart College in 1896; the degree of Doctor of Divinity at Western Reserve University in 1908; and the degree of LL. D. at Kenyon College in 1922. Dr. Peirce was professor of psychology and pedagogy at Ohio University during 1891-92; professor of psychology and ethics during 1892-96; and was elected president of Kenyon College in 1896. He was ordained a Deacon of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1894, and a priest in 1901.

At the age of 28 years Dr. Peirce was elected president of Kenyon College, at the time of his election being the youngest college president in the United States. There are only six college presidents now in service, 1930, in the United States, who were elected before 1896.

During the World War Dr. Peirce was sent to France by the Lake Division of the American Red Cross in February, 1918, and remained until June. The spring was spent in active service at Verdun with the Fourth Division of the Second French Army. Upon his return President Peirce received commendation both from the French and American Red Cross organizations for this service.

Dr. Peirce has active connection with the Sons of the American Revolution, having served in various capacities, and being for two years president of the Ohio Society, 1912-1914.

On June 18, 1891, Dr. Peirce married Miss Louise Fagen, of Hackettstown, N. J.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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