Ju­ly 23, 1876, Jer­sey Ci­ty, New Jer­sey.

Ju­ly 2, 1966, Cleve­land Heights, Ohio.

Lake View Ce­me­te­ry, Cleve­land, Ohio.


Ferdinand was the son of Ed­ward Rich­mond Blan­chard and An­na W. Quin­cy, and hus­band of Eth­el West.

He at­tend­ed Am­herst Col­lege (AB 1898) and Yale Di­vin­i­ty School (BD 1901). Or­dained a Con­gre­ga­tion­al min­is­ter, he pas­tor­ed in South­ing­ton, Con­nec­ti­cut (1901–04); East Or­ange, New Jer­sey (1904–15); and at the Eu­clid Av­e­nue Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church, Cle­ve­land, Ohio, from 1915 un­til re­tir­ement.

He re­ceived hon­or­a­ry DD de­grees from Am­herst Col­lege (1918) and Ober­lin Col­lege (1919), and was elect­ed mod­er­at­or of the Con­gre­ga­tion­al Chris­tian Church­es of the USA (1942–44). He al­so served as a trus­tee of Fisk Un­i­ver­si­ty, Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see; mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Am­er­i­can Mis­sion­a­ry As­so­ci­a­tion; and mem­ber of the Pru­den­tial Com­mit­tee of the Am­er­i­can Board of Comm­is­sion­ers for For­eign Mis­sions.

  1. Before the Cross of Je­sus
  2. Bethlehem Sleeps Be­neath the Stars
  3. Clear o’er the Hills
  4. O Child of Low­ly Man­ger Birth
  5. O Je­sus, Youth of Na­za­reth
  6. Word of God, Across the Ag­es