Hosea Ballou II

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For the theologian (1771–1852), see Hosea Ballou.
Hosea Ballou II
President of Tufts University
In office
Succeeded by Alonzo Ames Miner
Personal details
Born (1796-10-18)October 18, 1796
Guilford, Vermont
Died May 27, 1861(1861-05-27) (aged 64)
Medford, Massachusetts

Hosea Ballou II (October 18, 1796 – May 27, 1861) was an American Universalist minister and the first president of Tufts University from 1853 to 1861.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Ballou was born in Halifax, Vermont.[1] He was the son of Asahel Ballou and Martha Starr, a descendant of Comfort Starr, one of the original incorporators of Harvard College.[2] Hosea Ballou II was also the grand-nephew of Hosea Ballou, and was associated with him in editing The Universalist Quarterly Review.[1] He married Clarissa Hatch in 1820, and they had seven children.

Ballou promoted the establishment of seminaries for religious training, something which was at that time opposed by a number of influential Universalists including his uncle Hosea. He edited or wrote for a number of Universalist publications. In 1843, he replaced Ellery Channing as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, and retained this position until 1858.[3]


  • The Ancient History of Universalism, from the Time of the Apostles to the Fifth General Council (1829)
  • A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families (1837)
  • "Review of the Denomination of Universalists in the United States," Universalist Expositor (1839)
  • Counsel and Encouragement: Discourses on the Conduct of Life (1866)




  • Howe, Charles A. and Hughes, Peter(1999) "Hosea Ballou 2d.", Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography

Further reading

External links[edit]

  • The papers of Hosea Ballou are in the Andover-Harvard Theological Library at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.