Hosea Ballou II

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] Ballou was named after his uncle and went by the name "Hosea Ballou 2d. " Publishers, friends, editors, Tufts University staff, and others generally followed this example. The title of this Wikipedia article reflects the more recent generational suffix usage of the Roman numeral II for those named for an uncle. Ballou used the ordinal number suffix "2d" rather than "2nd."

Hosea Ballou II
1st President of Tufts College
In office
Succeeded byAlonzo Ames Miner
Personal details
Born(1796-10-18)October 18, 1796
Guilford, Vermont
DiedMay 27, 1861(1861-05-27) (aged 64)
Medford, Massachusetts

Life and careerEdit

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)



  1. ^ a b c Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ballou, Hosea" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 282.
  2. ^ Hosea Ballou, 2nd, First President of Tufts College, Hosea Starr Ballou, E. P. Guild & Co., Boston, 1896
  3. ^ Howe & Hughes 1999.


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

Further reading

External linksEdit

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