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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