Henry Whitney Bellows, D. D., an American clergyman, horn in Boston, June 11, 1814. He was educated at Harvard college and the divinity school in Cambridge, where he completed his course in 1837. On Jan. 2, 1838, he was ordained pastor of the first Congregational church in New York, afterward called All Souls' church, in which relation he still remains (1873). He was the chief originator of the "Christian Inquirer," a Unitarian newspaper of New York, in the year 1840. In 1854 he received the degree of D. D. from Harvard university. Of his numerous pamphlets and published discourses, the most conspicuous are lis "Phi Beta Kappa Oration," 1853, and his noted defence of the drama, 1857. His occasional contributions to the reviews, and especially the "Christian Examiner," are marked by independence of thought and boldness of expression. In 1857 he delivered a course of lectures on the "Treatment of Social Diseases" before the Lowell institute in Boston, attracting much attention by his vigorous remarks on many subjects of deep interest.
In 1860 he published in New York a volume of sermons on "Christian Doctrine," and in 1868-'9 the account, of an extended European journey, under the title of "The Old World in its New Face" (2 vols. 12mo). During the civil war ho was the president of the United States sanitary commission.