July 9, 1799, Exeter, New Hampshire.
May 28, 1847, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Oliver attended Harvard University, taught at an academy in Exeter (1817–18), then studied theology at the Cambridge Divinity School. He began preaching in 1819, and became pastor of the Unitarian church in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he served the rest of his life. He had a twin brother, Oliver William Peabody, who was also a Unitarian minister (at Burlington, Vermont), and also died in 1847.
Peabody’s works include:
- Poetical Catechism for the Young, 1823
- The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship (Springfield, Massachusetts: 1835) (editor)
- As Once the Savior Rose on High
- Behold the Western Evening Light
- Black the Heaven Is Overcast
- Dying Year, The
- Father, I Thank Thee for Thy Care
- For Us, God’s Only Son
- God in Whom I Ever Trust, The
- God of the Earth’s Extended Plains
- God of the Fair and Open Sky
- God of the Rolling Orbs Above
- He Made the Sun, and Gave Him Light
- High in the Heavens God Dwells Alone
- How Beautiful, on All the Hills
- How Fast the Rapid Hours Retire
- I Sin, Whenever I Pursue
- Midnight Winds Are Sounding Loud, The
- Moon Is Up: How Calm and Slow, The
- My God, by Thy Directing Power
- My God, by Thy Protecting Power
- O When the Hours of Life Are Past
- O Who That Has Gazed in the Stillness of Even
- See the Streaks of Daylight Swim
- Son of God Came Down from Heaven, The
- When Brighter Suns and Milder Skies
- Who Is Thy Neighbor?
Peabody’s burial place