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Clergyman , college president

Henry Ruffner, American clergyman, college president.

Background

Ruffner, Henry was born on January 16, 1790 in Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States. Son of David and Ann (Brumbach) Ruffner.

Education

Graduate Washington College, Lexington, Virginia, 1813, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1849. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Princeton, 1838.

Career

Pastor, Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, Lexington, 1819-1831. Teacher Washington College, 1819-1848, president, 1836-1848. Submitted plan for organization entire educational system of public instruction at educational convention, Lexington, 1842.

Argued for confinement of slavery to region East of Blue Ridge. Author: Early History of Washington College, Vol. I; A Discourse on the Duration of Future Punishment, 1823 Against Universalism, 1833.

(pamphlet) Address to the People of West Virginia… Showing that Slavery is Injurious to the Public Welfare, and that it May be Gradually Abolished, without Detriment to the Rights and Interests of Slave Holders, by a Slaveholder of West Virginia, 1847. The Fathers of the Desert, 2 vols., 1850.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Early History of Washington College, Vol. I

    • A Discourse on the Duration of Future Punishment, 1823 Against Universalism, 1833. (pamphlet) Address to the People of West Virginia… Showing that Slavery is Injurious to the Public Welfare, and that it May be Gradually Abolished, without Detriment to the Rights and Interests of Slave Holders, by a Slaveholder of West Virginia, 1847.

      The Fathers of the Desert, 2 vols., 1850.

Connections

Married Sarah Lyle, March 31 1819, 4 children including Henry.

father:
David Ruffner

mother:
Ann (Brumbach) Ruffner

spouse:
Sarah Lyle