William Faunce

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William Faunce
Portrait of William Faunce.jpg
9th President of Brown University
In office
Preceded by Elisha Andrews
Succeeded by Clarence Barbour
Personal details
Born (1859-01-15)January 15, 1859
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died January 31, 1930(1930-01-31) (aged 71)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting place Swan Point Cemetery
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Brown University
Religion Baptist

William Herbert Perry Faunce (January 15, 1859 – January 31, 1930) was an American clergyman and educator.


William Faunce was born at Worcester, Massachusetts. His father was clergyman Daniel Faunce. He graduated in 1880 at Brown University (where he then taught mathematics for a year), and at 1884 at Newton Theological Seminary, and from 1884 to 1889 was pastor of the State Street Baptist Church of Springfield, Massachusetts. From 1889 to 1899 he was pastor of the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church of New York City, New York, in 1896-97 he lectured in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and in 1898-99 he was a member of the board of resident preachers of Harvard University. In 1899 he became president of Brown University; during his administration the endowment of the university was largely increased. He was Lyman Beecher lecturer at Yale University in 1907-08 and was prominent in the work of the Religious Education Association. His writings include numerous contributions, chiefly to religious periodicals, and the volumes The Educational Ideal in the Ministry (1909) and What Does Christianity Mean? (1912).

Faunce died on January 31, 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island, at the age of 71.


  • The Educational Ideal in the Ministry (1908).
  • What Does Christianity Mean? (1912).
  • The Social Aspects of Foreign Missions (1914).
  • The New Horizon of State and Church (1918).
  • Religion and War (1918).
  • Facing Life (1928).


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Elisha Andrews
President of Brown University
Succeeded by
Clarence Barbour