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