Born: Ap­ril 16, 1819, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 2, 1881, Ma­nhat­tan, New York.

Buried: Saint John­land Ce­me­te­ry, Kings Park, New York.



Edward was the son of Ab­iel Wash­burn and Paul­i­na Tuck­er, and hus­band of Fran­ces Hall Linds­ly.

He attended the Bo­ston La­tin School, where he won a Frank­lin Me­dal, then stu­died at Har­vard. When he gra­du­at­ed from Har­vard on August 29, 1838, the or­der of ex­er­cis­es for Com­mence­ment listed A Dis­ser­ta­tion, The Sen­si­bil­i­ty which ter­min­ates in Imag­in­a­tion, Ed­ward Abi­el Wash­burn, Bos­ton.

After Har­vard, Wash­burn studied the­o­lo­gy at An­do­ver and New Ha­ven, and en­tered the Con­gre­ga­tion­al min­is­try. In 1844, hav­ing been or­dained in the Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal Church, he be­came rec­tor of St. Paul’s, New­bu­ry­port, Mas­sa­chu­setts, where he stayed un­til 1851.

He spent 1851–52 vis­it­ing Egypt, Pal­es­tine, In­dia and Chi­na.

He then served as rect­or of St. John’s, Hart­ford, Con­nec­ti­cut (1853–62); Pro­fess­or of Church Po­li­ty, Ber­ke­ley Di­vin­i­ty School, Mid­dle­town, Con­nec­ti­cut; rec­tor of St. Mark’s, Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia (1862–65); and rec­tor of Cal­va­ry Church, New York (1865–81).

In 1871, Wash­burn was a de­le­gate to the Ev­an­ge­li­cal Al­li­ance, and in 1872 he vi­sit­ed Spain. In 1873, he at­tend­ed ses­sions of the Ev­an­ge­li­cal Al­lia­nce in New York, and in 1879, visited Ba­sel, Swit­zer­land. In the sum­mer of 1880, he traveled on horse­back in Vir­ginia and North Ca­ro­li­na.