Stearns, Charles, a Unitarian minister, was born at Leominster, Mass., July 19, 1753; entered Harvard University in 1769, and graduated in 1773. Immediately upon graduation he commenced to teach, and during 1780 and 1781 he was tutor at Cambridge. He was first employed to preach at Lincoln in October 1780, over which Church he was installed. Nov. 7, 1781. In 1792 he became principal of a high school in Lincoln, which continued ten years. In 1810 he received the degree of D.D. from Harvard University. He died July 26, 1826. He published, The Ladies' Philosophy of Love (1797), a poem: — Dramatic Dialogues for the Use of Schools (1798): — Principles of Religion and Morality (1798; 2d ed. 1807): — Sermons (1792, 1806, 1815, etc.). See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 8, 147.