Canfield, Philo, a Congregational minister, was born at Bridgeport, Conr., Dec. 11,1816. He graduated at Williams College in 1836, and at Hartford Theological Seminary in 1839. His early ministry was' spent ill Western New York. From 1844 to 1848 he preached at Perry; from 1848 to 1852 at York. He was ordained in Buffalo, Jan. 12, 1847. In September, 1852. he was installed pastor in Ridgebury, Conn., where he remained until April, 1856. The following year he was at Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Ill November, 1857, he was installed pastor in Sparta; in 1860 was appointed home missionary in North Pepin; in 1862 served in Menominee; in 1864 preached in Fairbault, Minn.; from 1865 to 1868, in Albert Lea; from 1868 to 1871, in Washington, la. After that date he remained in that place without charge until his death, which occurred Feb. 11,1879. See Cong. Year-book, 1880, p. 14; Hist. Cat. of Theol. Institute of Conn. p. 23.