May 4, 1860, Claverack, New York.


Plass was educated at the Hudson Academy, Hudson, New York; Williams College (BA 1882, MA 1885, DD 1904), Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (BD 1886). Ordained in 1885, he held pastorates at the Reformed (Dutch) Church, Shodack, New York; the Congregational Church, Detroit, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; Medina and Cincinnati, Ohio; and Barrington, Rhode Island. He was also state superintendent of the Rhode Island Anti-Saloon League, superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Greater New York, and assistant state superintendent (1897-99). In 1900, he was in the field for the national Congregational Home Missionary Society. In 1901, he was elected professor of Theism and Christian Evidences, and Financial Agent, at Washburn College, Topeka, Kansas; he also served as president of Washburn (1902-08). His works include:

  1. Blest Savior, Near to Thee