Cobb, Alvan a Congregational minister, was born about 1788, his ancestors being early settlers in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brown University in 1813, and was installed pastor of the West Church in Taunton in 1815, where he continued for nearly forty-six years. At his house was formed the Doctrinal Tract and Book Society, since enlarged into the Congregational Board of Publication, of which he was director until his death at Taunton, April 2, 1861. Mr. Cobb instructed several young men in theology, published several Sermons, Doctrinal Tract, No. 23, besides thirty periodical articles. In theology he was an Emmonsite. See Cong. Quarterly, 1861, page 308.