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date: 22 January 2020

Stebbins, Horatiolocked

(08 August 1821–08 April 1902)
  • Alan Seaburg


Stebbins, Horatio (08 August 1821–08 April 1902), minister, was born in South Wilbraham (present-day Hampden), Massachusetts, the son of Calvin Stebbins and Amelia Adams, farmers. He did not have an easy childhood. His mother died when he was six, and the financial needs of his family required him to help on the farm, which he remembered later consisted mostly of digging potatoes and husking corn. As a result, his initial schooling was erratic. Eventually, however, Stebbins was able to attend Phillips Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, from which he graduated in 1846. He then attended Harvard, where he earned an A.B. in 1848 and, as a student in its divinity school, an A.M. in 1851. A story familiar to his friends told of how he had grown potatoes near Divinity Hall one summer, in addition to teaching, in order to earn his tuition at Harvard, a poignant vignette that attests to his difficult struggle to gain an education. Nevertheless, he completed his studies, and at age twenty-nine he was ready for the Unitarian ministry, which had been his goal for years....

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