July 30, 1842, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

March 31, 1893, Washington, DC, of pneumonia.


Son of a farmer, Cornelius started his career as a carpenter, then a building contractor. After having a leg amputated due to an accident, he entered the ministry. He was educated at the Vermillion Institute, Hayesville, Ohio, then attended seminary there (1867-71). He was ordained in the Pittsburgh Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA, and served at the Oakdale Presbyterian Church, Oakdale, Pennsylvania; the Presbyterian Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania (1876-85); in Pasadena, California (1885-90); San Francisco (1890-91); and at the Eastern Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC, until his death.

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