Rev William Croswell


Rev William Croswell

Hudson, Columbia County, New York, USA
Death 9 Nov 1851 (aged 47)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Oak
Memorial ID 124417187 View Source

Married October 1, 1840.

Nov. 9.--In Boston, Mass., Rev. William Croswell, D. D., aged 47. He was born at Hudson, N. Y., Nov. 7, 1804, and was graduated at Yale College in 1822. He was ordained priest, and was instituted Rector of Christ's Church, Boston, Mass., in June, 1829, by Bishop Griswold. Four years he ministered as Rector of St Peter's Church, Auburn, N. Y. In 1844 he was called to the rectorship of the Church of the Advent in Boston, which office he sustained at the time of his death. He was a man of eminent ability, piety, modesty, and worth, and his poetical productions are of a high order of merit.
—The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge, for the Year 1853 (Boston: Little, Brown and Co.), 1853, p. 334.

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WILLIAM CROSWELL, the next younger brother of the preceding [Sherman Croswell], was born in Hudson, New York, on November 7, 1804.

He taught a select school, with his brother, for a few months after graduation in New Haven; and then, being still very young, spent nearly four years in desultory reading, in short tours, and in repeated attempts to decide on a profession.

At length, in October, 1826, he entered the General Theological Seminary in New York. He had already shown much promise as a writer, and early in 1827, partly on account of impaired health, he was induced to remove to Hartford, and while still pursuing his studies, to act as assistant editor of a new religious weekly, the Episcopal Watchman. These duties fully occupied his time, until his admission to Deacon's orders by Bishop Brownell in New Haven, on January 25, 1829.

On June 24, 1829, he was instituted Rector of Christ Church, Boston, and on the same day was ordained Priest by Bishop Griswold.

After eleven years of quiet, effective service, he resigned his charge, in June, 1840, to accept a call to the rectorship of St. Peter's Church, Auburn, New York, where he began his work in August. On October 1 he was married to Amanda, daughter of Silas P. and Mary (Adams) Tarbell, of Boston.

The climate of Auburn proved trying to his own health and to that of his family; so that in September, 1844, he was led to resign his cure, in view of an invitation to return to Boston, to become the first Rector of the Church of the Advent, a new enterprise in the northwestern part of the city, with free sittings, designed to reach the poor, which began its services in December. Here he remained through life, greatly admired and beloved, though at variance with his Bishop, on account of his advanced practices. The honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred on him by Trinity College in 1846.

After a long struggle with ill health, he died very suddenly, from the rupture of a blood-vessel of the brain, just at the close of a service in his church, on November 9, 1851, at the age of 47.

His wife survived him, with one daughter, another having died in infancy. Mrs. Croswell died in 1880.

Dr. Croswell was a graceful writer, and his hymns and other poems are highly esteemed. His father published in 1853 an interesting Memoir of his life, including his poetical writings; and another collection of his poems was edited by the Rev. Dr. Coxe in 1861.

—Franklin Bowditch Dexter, Biographical Notices of Graduates of Yale College (New Haven, Connecticut, 1913), pp. 90-91.

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