William Herbert Carruth was an American educator and poet.
William Herbert Carruth was born in Osawatomie, Kansas on April 5, 1859.
He taught at the University of Kansas and Stanford University. He earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in modern languages from the University of Kansas (KU) and later two more advanced languages degrees, another Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy, from Harvard. Carruth taught languages and literature at KU from 1880 until 1913, and was Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University from 1913 to 1924.
Carruth was president of the Pacific Coast Conference of the Unitarian Church.
He died in Palo Alto, California on December 15, 1924.