1849–1907
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Ju­ly 4, 1849, Westminster, Vermont.

Jan­u­a­ry 9, 1907, Corona, Cal­i­for­nia.

Corona Sunnyslope Ce­me­te­ry, Corona, Cal­i­for­nia.

Charles was the son of Alvan Dickinson and Eliza Titcomb.

A gifted academic, he began teaching at Albany Academy around 1867. He went on to graduate from Phillips Academy, Andover, Mas­sa­chu­setts (1872); Harvard Un­i­ver­si­ty (1876); and Andover Seminary (1879).

He was ordained a Con­gre­ga­tion­al minister in 1879, pastoring in Portland, Maine; Lowell, Mas­sa­chu­setts (1882–88); and at the Berkeley Street Church, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

While in Boston, Dickinson crusaded for the betterment of the city’s poor, and his efforts helped lead to the establishment of the Boston Floating Hospital. In 1894, he founded the Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster, Vermont, which serve underprivileged children.

He retired in 1899 due to ill health, and moved to Corona, Cal­i­for­nia.

In his eulogy, delivered by a close friend, was this quote:

In this life, 58 years, In active pastorates, 22 years, In influence and inspiration, his works do follow him.

  1. Blessed Master, I Have Promised
  2. O Golden Day! So Long Desired
  3. To Thee, O Savior Friend
  4. While Struggling in a Maze of Doubt