Cowles, Orson a Congregational minister, was born at East Hartland, Connecticut, January 14, 1801. He studied at Yale College, and in the theological department, not graduating, however. He was ordained pastor of the Church in North Woodstock in 1832; taught in North Haven two years, and was district secretary of the American Board from 1840 to 1860. He died at North Haven, December 23, 1860. See Cong. Quarterly, 1861, page 211.