Born: Oc­to­ber 30, 1824, Or­ange Coun­ty, New York.

Died: Au­gust 19, 1897, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

Buried: Grace­land Ce­me­te­ry, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.


Eli was the son of John How­ell Cor­win and Cyn­thia Wells.

He grad­uat­ed from the New­burgh Acad­e­my, New­burgh, New York, in 1844. He en­rolled at Wil­liams Col­lege, Wil­liams­town, Mas­sa­chu­setts, grad­ua­ting in 1848. He grad­ua­ted from Un­ion The­o­log­ic­al Se­mi­na­ry, New York Ci­ty, in 1851.

That sum­mer he mar­ried Hen­ri­et­ta So­phia Howe­ll, of Cok­len­ham (mis­spelled Col­den­ham?), New York.

They moved to Ca­li­for­nia, and in 1858 he re­ceived a call to be pas­tor of the Fort Street Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Hon­o­lu­lu, Ha­wai­i.

In 1868 they re­turned to Ca­li­for­nia, and in 1872 moved to New­burgh, New York, to the First Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church of James­town.

In 1875, they moved to Jack­son­ville, Il­li­nois, and he re­ceived his Doc­tor of Di­vin­i­ty de­gree from Will­iams Col­lege. Af­ter serv­ing as pas­tor of the First Pres­by­ter­ian Church of Ra­cine, Wis­con­sin (1880–88), he moved to Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.



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