About Henry W. Bellows

Henry Whitney Bellows (June 11, 1814 – January 30, 1882) was an American clergyman, and the planner and president of the United States Sanitary Commission, the leading soldiers' aid society, during the American Civil War. Under his leadership, the USSC became the largest and most effective organization dedicated to supporting the health and efficiency of the Union army.

I have fond supplemental information on Henry W. Bellows. I have linked the book “Henry W. Bellows: His Life and Character” by John W. Chadwick, his biographical work published in 1882.

John White Chadwick (October 19, 1840 – December 11, 1904) was an American writer and clergyman of the Unitarian Church.

This book provides a detailed account of the life, achievements, and character of Henry Whitney Bellows, a prominent Unitarian minister and the president of the United States Sanitary Commission during the Civil War. The book is structured as a memorial address, highlighting Bellows’ contributions to the church and society, his role in the Sanitary Commission, and his impact on public health and welfare.

I am sharing this research on Bellows because he too attended the Round Hill School in Northampton as did George Gibbs, Alfred’s older brother.

Of the Round Hill School in Northampton Bellows Writes:

“It was after the boy’s year in Walpole that he went for four years to the Round Hill School in Northampton. The best account of this famous school is from his own hand and it is at the same time a delightful autobiographical fragment. “Probably,” he says, “no American college had at the time so large, varied, well-paid, and gifted a faculty as the Round Hill School. It outnumbered Harvard and Yale in the corps of its teachers, and put a complete circle about them in the comprehensiveness of its scheme of education.” The aim of the school, he tells us, was not so much to make scholars or citizens as to make gentlemen. Shall we say that it succeeded admirably so far as he was personally concerned? Rather, it seems to me, he was a gentleman in the grain; that no Professor of Manners could have taught him that behavior which was the outward and visible sign of an inherent grace and sweetness. Entering Harvard College at the age of fourteen—a less difficult matter in 1828 than now—he was graduated in 1832. The Craigie House, in which he boarded, was then famous only because Washington had made it his headquarters in 1775, turning out a whole regiment of my fellow-townsmen to this end.”

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