Born: December 31, 1823, Hingham Center, Massachusetts.
Died: October 19, 1902, Lisbon Center, New York.
Buried: Jones Cemetery, Schuyler County, New York.
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.