's honorary degrees are: A. M., received in 1877 from Tufts
; D. D., 1879, from Lombard University; and Ll.D., 1899, from Buchtel College.
The offices he has held include, besides the presidency of Tufts College, the presidency of the New England Commission on Admission Examinations, from its establishment until its last meeting (1886-1903); membership on the board of trustees of the Universalist General Convention, from 1877 to 1895; membership on the State Board of Education since 1889, involving the chairmanship of the board of visitors of the Normal School at Salem
and that at Fitchburg
, and of the building committees of both institutions.
He served as president of the New England Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools, and of the lately-founded (1904?) Auxiliary Educational League.
He was, also, since 1871, one of the trustees of Dean Academy.
During the existence of the Massachusetts Law and Order League (1886-1900), he served as its president.
Although never holding any local political office, Dr. Capen
was chairman of the ward 4 delegation in the Somerville mayoralty convention in 1895, and led the revolt which resulted in the nomination of Albion A. Perry
. Dr. Capen
was also elected a delegate to the Republican National Convention of 1888, but did not serve.
He was president of the Mystic Valley Club for five years; a charter member in his college days of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity
; an organization member ofthe Delta Chapter of Massachusetts
, Phi Beta Kappa; and a director recently of the Bingham Hospital
Besides, he held membership in the Twentieth Century Club, the University Club, the Boston Club, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Somerville Historical Society.
's publications include the article on ‘The Philosophy of Universalism,’ in ‘The Latest Word of Universalism’; the article on ‘The Atonement,’ in the Universalist section of the Columbian Congress; the article on ‘Universalism’ in Hertzog's Religious Cyclopaedia; and the articles on ‘Universalism’ and Tufts College in the Encyclopaedia Britannica
More recent publications are a volume of ‘Occasional ’