Clarence Barbour

Clarence Augustus Barbour (April 21, 1867 – January 16, 1937) was an American Baptist clergyman and educator most notable for having served as the president of Brown University.

Clarence Barbour
10th President of Brown University
In office
Preceded byWilliam Faunce
Succeeded byHenry Wriston
Personal details
Born(1867-04-21)April 21, 1867
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 1937(1937-01-16) (aged 69)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting placeNorth Burial Ground
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Spouse(s)Florence Newell
Alma materBrown University


Early lifeEdit

He was born on April 21, 1867 in Hartford, Connecticut.[1] He graduated from Brown University in 1888.[2]


He served as the President of his alma mater, Brown University, from 1929 to 1936.[3] He also served as president of the Rochester Theological Seminary for thirteen years.[4] He was a member of the Laymen's Commission that produced "Re-Thinking Missions: A Laymen's Inquiry after One Hundred Years" (1932), which was a harsh critique of foreign missions.

His wife, Florence Newell Barbour, was a musician and composer.[5]


He died on January 16, 1937 in Providence, Rhode Island, at the age of 69.

Selected worksEdit

  • Barbour, Clarence A. (1910), Fellowship Hymns, New York: YMCA Press, OCLC 61651063
  • Barbour, Clarence A. (1911), The Bible in the World of Today, New York: YMCA Press, OCLC 5580727
  • Barbour, Clarence A. (1912), Making Religion Efficient, New York: YMCA Press, OCLC 5428960
  • Barbour, Clarence A. (1917), The Service Song Book, New York: YMCA Press, OCLC 12175612
  • Hocking, William Ernest, Re-Thinking Missions: A Laymen's Inquiry after One Hundred Years (1932) Harper & Brothers, New York City.


  1. ^ "DR. C. A. BARBOUR, EDUCATOR, IS DEAD", The New York Times, p. 47, 1937-01-17, ISSN 0362-4331, retrieved 2009-10-05
  2. ^ "DR. BARBOUR CHOSEN BROWN PRESIDENT", The New York Times, p. 19, 1928-10-11, ISSN 0362-4331, retrieved 2009-10-05
  3. ^ Mitchell, Martha (1993), "Barbour, Clarence A.", Encyclopedia Brunoniana, Providence, Rhode Island: Brown University Library, p. 50, OCLC 31085279, retrieved 2009-10-05
  4. ^ Rochester Theological Seminary (1920), General catalogue 1850 to 1920, Rochester, New York: E. R. Andrews Printing Co., p. 27, OCLC 7407942, retrieved 2009-10-05
  5. ^ "IMSLP page for Florence Newell Barbour, with link to Baker (1919), Musicsack, VIAF". Retrieved February 25, 2014.

External linksEdit

Academic offices
Preceded by
Joseph W. A. Stewart (acting)
President of the Rochester Theological Seminary
Office abolished
First President of the Colgate Rochester Divinity School
Succeeded by
Albert W. Beaven
Preceded by
William Faunce
President of Brown University
Succeeded by
Henry Wriston