Washburn, Edward Abiel, Dd
Washburn, Edward Abiel, D.D.
an eminent Protestant Episcopal clergyman, was born in Boston, Mass., April 16,1819. After receiving a good primary education, he entered the Boston Latin School for preparation for Harvard College, where he was admitted at the age of sixteen. He graduated in 1838 with high honors. After studying a short time at the Theological Seminary at Andover and the Yale Divinity School, he served for about six months as a licentiate under the Worcester Association of Ministers, but in 1843 took orders as a deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church. In 1845 he was ordained presbyter by bishop Eastburn, of his native state. His first call was to the rectorship of St. Paul's Church at Newburyport. After laboring seven years in this parish, he spent two. years in travel in the East and on the continent. Returning home in 1854; he succeeded Dr. Coxe at St. John's Church, Hartford, Conn.. His next parish was St. Mark's Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1865 he accepted a call to the Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church on East Twenty-first Street, New York city, where he labored until his death, February 2, 1881. Dr. Washburn was a large- minded, warm-hearted theologian, an evangelical preacher, and an admirable pastor. He was also active in the religious enterprises of his day. He was a member of the American committee for the revision of the Bible, aided Dr. Schaff in the preparation of one of the volumes of Lange's Commentary, and was the author of a volume of Sermons on the Ten Commandments.