Beniah Longley Whitman

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Beniah Longley Whitman
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11th President of Colby College
In office
Preceded by Albion Woodbury Small
Succeeded by Nathaniel Butler Jr.
President of George Washington University
Personal details
Born (1862-11-21)November 21, 1862
Torbrook, Nova Scotia
Died November 27, 1911(1911-11-27) (aged 49)
Seattle, Washington
Alma mater Brown University

Rev. Benaiah Longley Whitman (November 21, 1862 – November 27, 1911) was the 11th president of Colby College, and later Columbian College (now George Washington University).


Whitman prepared for college at the Worcester Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brown University in the class of 1887, with a B.A. degree, and received an M.A. degree in 1890. He received the honorary degree of D.D. from Bowdoin College in 1894; the degree of LL.D. from Howard University in 1899, and from Furman University in 1906. He married Mary J. Scott of Newton, Massachusetts, December 6, 1888. He was pastor of the Free Street Baptist Church, Portland, Maine, 1890–92; President of Colby College, 1892–95; President of Columbian, now George Washington University, 1895-1900; pastor of the Fifth Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1900–07; First Baptist Church, Seattle, Washington, from 1908 until his death in 1911. He was lecturer in Bucknell University, 1900–07; trustee of Newton Theological Institution (now the Andover Newton Theological School), 1894-02; and of the Crozer Theological Seminary, 1901–08; President of the American Baptist Historical Society, 1900–07. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and of Phi Beta Kappa.[1]


  • Elements of Ethics (1893)[2]
  • Elements of Sociology (1894)
  • Elements of Political Science (1899)
  • Outlines of Political History (1900)


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  2. ^ Whitman, Benaiah Longley (1892-01-01). Ideals in Education. Press of Brown Thurston Company.