Abel Rathbone Corbin

Abel Rathbone Corbin

Birth
Exeter, Otsego County, New York, USA
Death 28 Mar 1880 (aged 71)
Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Burial McDonough, Chenango County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 84968853 · View Source
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Lawyer, teacher, journalist, and politician. He was educated at Bacon Academy, Colchester, Connecticut and Hamilton Academy in New York. He studied law and taught at the Oxford Academy in Oxford, New York and in Zanesville, Ohio. In 1836 he moved to St. Louis, Missouri and taught in the new high school. As a frequent political contributor to the area presses, he was called upon by the state's Democrats to start a paper, the Missouri Argus. His political connections grew to include Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and Ulysses Grant. Health problems forced him to sell his paper in 1842. He then took a position as clerk of the House Committee on Clains in Washington, D.C., an office he held for 16 years. He was the first secretary for Professor Morse's Magnetic Telegraph Company. Counted among his intimate friends were Governor Phelps of Virginia, Governor Houston of Alabama, Governor Letcher of Virginia, Senator Douglas, John C. Breckinridge, Andrew Johnson, Professors Morse and Henry, and William Cullen Bryant.

His first wife, Elizabeth McAllister, died in St. Louis, Missouri on July 9, 1868 and was interred there.

Wednesday, 30 Mar 1880. "The Late Abel R. Corbin." The New York Times (New York City, NY), p. 10 (online at nytimes.com):
"The first paragraph is not available on this article." THE LATE ABEL R. CORBIN.Funeral services were held yesterday over the remains of Abel R. Corbin, at his late residence on Pavonia-Avenue, Jersey City Heights. The body, incased in a casket with silver mountings, lay in the parlor on the first floor. The room and those opening into it were crowded with friends and neighbors. Among those in attendance were ex-Congressman Amos Clarke, Jr., Marchus Beach, President of the Jersey City Board of Finance; William H. Jenkins, President of the Bank of North America, Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., Mrs. Orville Grant and her two sons, Jesse and Harry; Gen. Grant's venerable mother, and Mrs. Dent. The services were opened at 4 o'clock by the Rev. Mr. Shattuck, and Misses Georgie Shepherd and Eugenie Cruger, assisted by Nicholas Albertson and Henry Hellerman, sang the hymn, "Why should we mourn for dying friends?" The Rev. L.R. Dunn read the Scriptures, and afterward paid a brief and feeling tribute for respect to the memory of the dead. The quartet afterward sang the hymn commencing "Jesus, lover of my soul," and the services were brught to a close. To-day the body will be removed to Oxford, Chenango County, N.Y., where it will be interred to-morrow.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abel Rathbone Corbin (24 May 1808–28 Mar 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84968853, citing Corbin Cemetery, McDonough, Chenango County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .