April 16, 1819, Boston, Massachusetts.

February 2, 1881, Manhattan, New York.

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 Church Pol­i­ty at the Ber­ke­ley Divinity School, Mid­dle­town, Con­nec­tivcut; 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 with Professor C. M. ­. 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.

Washburn’s works include:

  1. Be Up and Doing
  2. Christ Hath Arisen
  3. Heart of Christ My King
  4. No More, Ah, No More Sad Complaining
  5. On Earth a While Mid Suffering
  6. Ponder Thou the Cross All Holy
  7. Ring Out the Bells for Christmas
  8. Softly the Night Is Sleeping
  9. Still Thy Sorrow, Magdalena
  10. Thou, Who One in Essence Livest
  11. When Within His Mother’s Arms
  1. On the Birthday of Our Lord