Waite, Clarendon a Congregational minister, was born in Hubbardston, Mass., Dec. 12, 1830. After graduating from Brown University in 1852, he devoted one year to business, and then spent three years in the Andover Theological Seminary. For six months he was a student at the University of Halle, Prussia, when he was suddenly called home by the death of his father. His first pastorate was that of the Church in Rutland, Mass., where he was installed Feb. 25, 1858, and remained eight years. He was very much interested in the freedmen in the South, and for six months was superintendent of them at Newbern, N. C. In that same year he was installed pastor of Crombie Street Church, Salem, Mass., where, in the midst of his work, he was stricken down. He visited Cuba in the winter of 1866-67, and returned strengthened. In the fall of 1867 he was asked to temporarily fill the chair of English literature and belles-lettres in Beloit College, and consented, but before arriving there was attacked with typhoid fever, of which, soon after his arrival, he died, Dec. 16, 1867. His sermons were carefully prepared, and were earnestly directed towards the salvation of the people. See Cong. Quar. 1868, p. 286.