Blanshard, Paul, 1892-1980

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Author and social and religious commentator.

From the description of Paul Blanshard papers, 1912-1974. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34419299

Paul B. Blanshard was an author and a noted social and religious commentator, perhaps best known for his book American Freedom and Catholic Power . Blanshard was born in Fredericksburg, Ohio in 1892. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1914 then did graduate work at Harvard, Columbia, and Union Theological Seminary. He was ordained a congregational minister in 1917 and served a brief period as pastor of a church in Tampa, Florida. In 1918, Blanshard left the ministry for the trade union movement. From 1920 to 1924 he was educational director for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America in Rochester, New York, and in 1925 he served as field secretary of the League for Industrial Democracy, which position he held until 1933.

With the depression, Blanshard became increasingly involved with issues of urban reform. From 1930 to 1933, he served as executive director of the City Affairs Committee of New York City. Here he led investigations on the problem of municipal corruption and this eventually led to a position with the reform-minded La Guardia administration. During World War II, Blanshard worked as an economic analyst and consultant to the Caribbean Commission of the Department of State. He left in 1946 to become a full-time writer.

The subject that most exercised Blanshard as a writer was the Roman Catholic Church, particularly its political power and influence. In Blanshard's view, according to one writer, the Roman Catholic Church was "institutionally antithetical to democracy and politically antagonistic to American pluralism and individual liberty." Blanshard was most vehement in his denunciation of the church's hierarchy which he felt used its power in the United States to control policy on matters of education, social issues, and foreign affairs. Blanshard expatiated this theme in several books, the most important of these being American Freedom and Catholic Power published in 1949.

Blanshard was married three times. In 1915, he married Julia Sweet Anderson who died in 1934. In 1935, he married Mary Hillyer Kolski who died in 1965, and in 1965, he married Beatrice Mayer. Blanshard had two sons, Paul Blanshard, Jr. (b. 1919) and Rufus (b. 1921), and a twin brother (Percival) Brand Blanshard, a prominent professor of philosophy at Yale University. Blanshard died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1980.

For more detailed biographical information, the researcher should consult Blanshard's autobiography, Personal and Controversial (1974). There are also files in the collection containing biographical and genealogical information (see Summary Content List).

From the guide to the Paul Blanshard Papers, 1912-1979, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Blanshard, Paul, 1892-1980. Paul Blanshard papers, 1912-1974. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Paul Blanshard collection, 1961. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Arnold, Melvin. Papers, 1945-1956 (inclusive). Harvard University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Hall, Bolton, 1854-1938. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1905-1940, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf City Affairs Committee of New York. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1930. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Young, Art, 1866-1943. Art Young correspondence, 1891-1943. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn La Piana, George, 1879-1971. Papers, 1878-1972 (inclusive). Harvard University, Divinity School Library
referencedIn Joseph L. Blau Papers, 1912-1987. Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library,
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn League for Industrial Democracy. Pamphlets, 1922-1978. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
referencedIn Blau, Joseph L. (Joseph Leon), 1909-1986. Joseph L. Blau papers, 1912-1987. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Arnold, Melvin. Papers, 1945-1956. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
creatorOf Paul Blanshard Papers, 1912-1979 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). The Nation records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn League for Industrial Democracy. League for Industrial Democracy. Pamphlets, 1922-1978. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Blanshard, Paul, 1892-1980. Correspondence to Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1980. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf University of Pennsylvania. Radio-Television Office. Correspondence to Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1959. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Brand Blanshard papers, 1873-1989, 1913-1989 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Cooley, Charles Horton, 1864-1929. Charles Horton Cooley papers, 1872-1930. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Blanshard, Brand, 1892-1987. Brand Blanshard papers, 1873-1989 (inclusive), 1913-1989 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Society for the Prevention of Crime (New York, N.Y.). Correspondence with Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1942-1944. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Charles Horton Cooley papers, 1872-1930 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
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Birth 1892-08-27

Death 1980-01-27

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