1831–1910

Introduction

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Born: Sep­tem­ber 1, 1831, Ell­ing­ton, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Died: Au­gust 14, 1910.

Buried: Ce­dar Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Hart­ford, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Biography

Edward was the son of Eli­jah Ham­mond and Es­ther Gris­wold, and hus­band of Eli­za Ov­er­ton.

He was con­vert­ed when he heard Alas, and Did My Sav­ior Bleed. He was ed­u­cat­ed at var­i­ous Am­er­i­can schools, and fin­ished his the­o­lo­gic­al ed­u­ca­tion in Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land.

In Scot­land, he start­ed preach­ing in plac­es with no Chris­tian ac­ti­vi­ty, and he could see fruit of his work.

At the end of 1861 he re­turned to Am­er­i­ca and preached in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, where he met Dwight Moo­dy.

In 1866 he and his wife tra­veled to Egypt, Pal­es­tine and Eur­ope. While in Pal­es­tine, he wrote the hymn Geth­se­ma­ne.

He was ve­ry fond of preach­ing to child­ren, and was called The Child­ren’s Ev­an­gel­ist.

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