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Hobbs, Barnabas C. (Barnabas Coffin), 1815-1892 (Superintendent, President)



Barnabas Coffin Hobbs, served two terms as superintendent, 1847-1849 and 1866-1867. He was also Earlham’s first president, appointed in 1867.

Hobbs grew up in the Blue River Quaker community in Washington County, and graduated from Blue River Academy. In 1837, Hobbs entered Cincinnati College, while teaching at Blue River and at Friends Boarding School in Mount Pleasant Ohio.

Hobbs was a recorded minister, weighty Friend, and the first clerk of Western Yearly Meeting. Hobbs served as president through 1868, leaving to become Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. He was later appointed a trustee of the College abd served from 1880 until his death in 1892.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Barnabas C. Hobbs Papers

Identifier: FMS-29
Scope and Contents

The Hobbs Papers consist of correspondence and documents mainly reflecting Hobbs' trip to Europe in 1877-1878. Hobbs was sent to Germany and Russia with a message of peace and a request that the Mennonites not be forced to serve in the military.

Dates: 1861-1904