Bainton, Roland Herbert, 1894-1984

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Birth 1894
Death 1984

Biographical notes:

Roland Bainton was born in England and emigrated first to Canada in 1898 and then to the United States in 1902. He received a B.A. from Whitman College, a B.D. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Yale, as well as many honorary degrees. Bainton taught church history at Yale Divinity School from 1920 to 1962, serving as Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History from 1936. Bainton wrote prolifically and was an authority on Luther and the Reformation, Christian attitudes toward war, Congregational history, and the history of the Yale Divinity School.

From the description of Roland Herbert Bainton papers, 1886-1988 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702132829

Roland H. Bainton was a conscientious objector with the American Red Cross Unit in France, 1918-1919. Later he became a professor.

From the guide to the France 1918-1919, by Roland Bainton, 1914-1990, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

American historian; author of a biography of George Lincoln Burr.

From the description of Letter : to Severo Mallet-Prevost, 1941 Dec. 10. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 173203789

For more detailed biographical information see the chronology in A Bainton Bibliography by Cynthia Wales Lund, Box 11.

  • 1894 March 30: Born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, son of Jame Herbert Bainton, Congregational pastoral, and Charlotte Blackham Bainton
  • 1898: Moved to Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1902: Moved to Colfax, Washington
  • 1914: Graduated from Whitman College, B.A. degree in Classics.
  • 1917: Graduated from Yale Divinity School with B.D. degree
  • 1918 - 1919 : Declared pacifism serving without military rank in a unit of the American Friends Service Committee under the American Red Cross in France.
  • 1920: Appointed instructor in Church History and New Testament at Yale Divinity School
  • 1921: Received in Semitics and Hellenistic Greek from Yale University
  • 1921 Jun 8: Married Ruth Mae Woodruff
  • 1923: Promoted to Assistant Professor at Yale Divinity School. Dissertation published: Basilidian Chronology and New Testament Interpretation
  • 1926: Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship. Studied in Swiss archives researching proponents of religious liberty during the Reformation
  • 1927: Ordained as Congregational minister
  • 1932: Promoted to Associate Professor
  • 1935 - 1962 : Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale Divinity School
  • 1962: Professor Emeritus
  • 1984: Died

From the guide to the Roland Herbert Bainton Papers, 1886-1988, (Yale University Divinity School Library)


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