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WASHBURN, Edward Abiel, clergyman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 16 April, 1819; died in New York .city, 2 February, 1SS1. He was graduated at Harvard in 1888, studied theology in Andover seminary and in New Haven, was licensed as a Congregational minister in 1842, and officiated acceptably in several churches. Having resolved, through the influence of Bishop Clark and others, to enter the ministry of the Episcopal church, he made due preparation and was ordained deacon, in Trinity church, Boston, 12 July, 1844, by Bishop Eastburn, and priest, in Grace church, Boston, 9 October, 1845, by the same bishop. He was rector of St. Paul's, Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1844-'51, travelled in Egypt, Syria, India, and China, in 1851-'3, on returning home was rector of St. John's, Hartford, Connecticut, 1853-'62, and lectured on ecclesiastical polity in Berkeley divinity-school, Middletown, Connecticut He received the degree of D.D. from Trinity in 1860. Dr. Washburn was rector of St. Mark's church, Philadelphia, in 1862-'5, and of Calvary church, New York, in 1866-'81. He was a contributor to theological literature, and an active supporter of the Evangelical alliance in 1871, 1873, and 1879, /before which he read papers on " Reason and Faith," and on "Socialism." He was also a member of the New Testament company of revisers, an acknowledged leader among the "broad church" clergy of the Episcopal church, a true lover of scholarship in its highest sense, and an eloquent and effective preacher of the gospel. He published "Relation of the Episcopal Church to the other Christian Bodies" (1874); " The Social Law of God, Sermons on the Ten Commandments" (New York, 6th ed., 1884); and "Voices from a Busy Life," a volume of poems (1883).
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