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.