William Dwight Porter Bliss
His publications include The Dawn and the Encyclopedia of Social Reform.
W. D. P. Bliss was born in 1856, in Constantinople, Turkey, the son of Rev Edwin Elisha Bliss, D.D. an American missionary. He studied in Robert College, Constantinople; Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; Amherst College, 1874–78; Hartford Theological Seminary, 1878-82. He was settled over the Fourth Congregational Church, Denver, Colorado, but on account of failing health, he soon returned to the East, and was settled at South Natick, Massachusetts. He was married in London to Mary Pangalo in 1884.
Interest in Socialism
In 1885 he became interested in socialism through seeing the workmen in factory villages and reading Henry George and the Christian Union. In 1886 he entered the Episcopal Church and took charge of St George's Church, Lee Massachusetts. Here he joined the Knights of Labor; was Master Workman of the Assembly at Lee; and in 1887 sent to Cincinnati as delegate from the Knights of Labor, being one of the secretaries of the Union Labor Convention. The same year he helped start with Father Huntington, in New York City, the Church Association for the Advancement of the Interests of Labor (CAIL). In 1888 he took charge of Grace Church, South Boston. He was nominated for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts by the Labor Party, but declined the nomination.
The Society of Christian Socialists
He also started The Dawn and published it until 1896. Resigning his parish in South Boston in 1890 he formed the Mission and Brotherhood of the Carpenter, which was kept up till 1896, when Mr. Bliss left Boston. In 1895 he commenced editing The American Fabian. He has done much lecturing for the Society of Christian Socialists, the Christian Social Union, and other organizations. He is the author of numerous tracts, mainly on Christian socialism. He is also editor of the (American) Social Science Library, author of the Handbook of Socialism (1895) and editor of The Encyclopedia of Social Reform.
No Socialism can be successful unless rooted and grounded in Christ, the Liberator, the Unifier, the Head of Humanity.
A Handbook of Socialism, Preface, page 1
- Socialism in the Church of England, (1888)
- What Is Christian Socialism?, Society of Christian Socialists, (1889)
- The Communism of John Ruskin, (1891)
- What Christian Socialism Is, (1894)
- Objections to Christian Socialism, (1894)
- The Social Faith of the Catholic Church: Or, the Lesson of Fellowship in Unity: A Sermon for Trinity Sunday, (1894)
- What Is Socialism?, (1894)
- A Handbook of Socialism: A Statement of Socialism in its Various Aspects, and a History of Socialism in All Countries, (1895)
- Arbitration and Conciliation in Industrial Disputes, (1895)
- American Trade Unions, (1896)
- What To Do: A Programme of Christian Socialism
- The encyclopedia of social reform, (1897)
- A Plea for the Union of the Reform Forces with the Democratic Party, (1900)
- Sometimes referred to as W. D. P. Bliss or William D. P. Bliss
- Year with American Saints. Church Publishing, Inc., 685. ISBN 978-0898697988.
- (1996) A Kingdom on Earth: Anglo-American Social Christianity, 1880-1940. Penn State Press, xix. ISBN 978-0271014975.
- Year with American Saints
- William D.P. Bliss, Encyclopedia Britannica
- William Bliss & Richard Theodore Ely
- Bliss, William Dwight Porter
- Calendar of the Church Year, according to the Episcopal Church
- William Dwight Porter Bliss and Richard Theodore Ely
- Bulletin insert on 'Holy Women, Holy Men' issued for Oct. 10