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date: 20 September 2020

Faris, Ellsworthlocked

(30 September 1874–19 December 1953)
  • Peter Kivisto


Faris, Ellsworth (30 September 1874–19 December 1953), social psychologist and sociologist, was born in Salem, Tennessee, the son of George Alexander Faris and Sophie Yarborough. Faris attended Texas Christian University (known at the time as Add-Ran University and then located in Waco), where he received a B.A. in 1894 and an M.A. in 1896. After completing his studies in civil engineering, he became a missionary in the Belgian Congo under the auspices of the Foreign Christian Missionary Society of the Disciples of Christ. He remained there for seven years, with an interlude of study at the University of Chicago in 1901–1902. While in Chicago, he married Elizabeth Homan in October 1901. She accompanied him to the Congo, where they remained until his ill health forced a return to the United States for good in 1904....

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