1823–1902

Introduction

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Born: De­cem­ber 31, 1823, Hing­ham Cen­ter, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Died: Oc­to­ber 19, 1902, Li­sbon Cen­ter, New York.

Buried: Jones Ce­me­te­ry, Schuy­ler Coun­ty, New York.

Biography

Cushing was the son of Un­i­tar­ian par­ents, and hus­band of Re­na Pro­per (mar­ried 1854).

After en­ter­ing the min­is­try, his first pas­tor­ate was at Sears­burg, New York. He lat­er served in Au­burn, Brook­lyn, Buf­fa­lo, and Spar­ta, New York. Af­ter his wife died in 1870 and his health de­clined, he re­tired from the min­is­try and be­gan writ­ing hymns. He com­plet­ed over 300 in his life­time.

Cushing was ev­er mind­ful of the suf­fer­ing of oth­ers. Once he gave $1,000—all he had, an enor­mous sum in those days—to a blind girl so she could get an ed­u­ca­tion.

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