1813–1903
portrait

June 10, 1813, Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land.

Oc­to­ber 1, 1903, New­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Originally in For­est Hills Ce­me­te­ry, Ja­mai­ca Plain, Mas­sa­chu­setts. His grand­son, Charles Pit­kin, had the re­mains dis­in­terred and cre­ma­ted in 1919, for rea­sons unk­nown.

Washburn grew up in Kings­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts, and was ed­u­cat­ed at Wor­ces­ter and Brown Un­i­ver­si­ty, Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land.

He went in­to the man­u­fac­tur­ing bus­i­ness in Wor­ces­ter and Bos­ton, and in 1875 became pre­si­dent of the Un­ion Mu­tu­al Life In­sur­ance Com­pa­ny. He served as a Mas­sa­chu­setts state sen­a­tor, but is per­haps re­mem­bered as a po­et.

His well known po­em The Va­cant Chair was about a young lieu­ten­ant killed in the Amer­i­can civil war. His oth­er works in­clude:

  1. Almighty God, Thy Con­stant Care
  2. Brethren, While Again We Ven­ture
  3. Father, Ga­thered Round the Bier
  4. Let Ev­ery Heart Re­joice and Sing
  5. Mournfully, Ten­der­ly, Bear on the Dead
  6. O Isr’l, Trust His Word
  7. Oft in Hours of Pain and Con­flict
  8. Shout Again the Glad Ho­san­na