William Wistar Comfort

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William Wistar Comfort, at Haverford College, 1918

William Wistar Comfort (1874 – December 24, 1955) was president of Haverford College.


He was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania and raised a Quaker. He graduated from Haverford College in 1894 and from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in 1902. His thesis was titled: “The Development of the Character Types in the French Chansons de Geste.”[1] He was a polymath, and translated The Quest of the Holy Grail, wrote on Arthurian Romances among such topics as Quakerism, children's literature, and the poet William Cowper.[1]

His papers are held at Haverford College.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "William Wistar Comfort Papers 1867-1941". Haverford College. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 

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