Southworth, Franklin Chester was born on October 15, 1863 in N. Collins, New York, United States. Son of Nathaniel Chester and Chloe (Rathbun) Southworth.
Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1887, A.M., 1892, Bachelor of Sacred Theology, 1892. Doctor of Divinity, Buchtel, 1911. Doctor of Laws, Allegheny, 1915.
Teacher Fish’s School for Boys, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1887-1888. Sub-master Adams Academy, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1888-1889. Ordained Unitarian ministry, 1892.
Pastor Duluth, Minnesota, 1892-1897, Third Unitarian Church, Chicago, 1897-1899, secretary Western Unitarian Conference, 1899-1902. President, Meadville Theological School (moved to Chicago, 1926), dean of the faculty and professor practical theology, 1902-1929. President emeritus, 1929.
President All-India Theistic Conference, Calcutta, 1928. Lecturer Manchester College, Oxford, 1909, University of Madras, India, 1929. President Little Compton History Association, 1935.