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Warren, William Fairfield (13 March 1833–06 December 1929), Methodist Episcopal minister and college president, was born in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, son of Mather Warren and Anne Miller Fairfield, farmers. An 1853 graduate of Wesleyan University, he began his lengthy educational career by opening a private classical school in Mobile, Alabama. Ordained a Methodist minister in the New England Conference in 1855, he worked for a year as pastor in Ballardvale, Massachusetts, while attending Andover Theological Seminary. From 1856 to 1858 he studied at the Universities of Berlin and Halle, receiving a D.D. from the latter institution. During this period Warren traveled widely in Europe and the Near East, developing his distinctive global perspective in educational matters. On his return to Massachusetts in 1858 he worked as a pastor, first in Wilbraham and then at the Bromfield Street Church in Boston....