Rev. Charles Russell Lowell, Sr.

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Rev. Charles Russell Lowell, Sr.

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Boston, MA, USA
Death: January 20, 1861 (78)
Cambridge, MA, USA (heart attack)
Immediate Family:

Son of Judge John Lowell and Rebecca Lowell
Husband of Harriet B. Lowell (Spence)
Father of Robert Traill Spence Lowell; Charles Russell Lowell, Jr.; Rebecca Russell Lowell; Mary Traill Spence Putnam; William Keith Lowell and 2 others
Brother of Rebecca Russell Gardner; Elizabeth Cutts Dutton and Mary Lowell
Half brother of Anna Cabot Lowell; John Lowell, III; Sarah Champney Lowell; Francis Cabot Lowell and Susanna Cabot Gorham

Occupation: Unitarian minister
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About Rev. Charles Russell Lowell, Sr.

Charles Russell Lowell, Sr. (1782 – 1861) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, became a Unitarian minister and abolitionist, was the half-brother of Francis Cabot Lowell, father of James Russell Lowell, and grandfather of Civil War General Charles Russell Lowell.

Lowell, Sr. attended The Roxbury Latin School and later Harvard College in 1800 where he studied law and then theology. After two years in Edinburgh, Scotland and one year on the Continent, Lowell was, from 1806 until his death, pastor of the West Congregational (Unitarian) Church of Boston, a charge in which Cyrus A. Bartol was associated with him after 1837. Almost alone, he spoke out from the pulpit against slavery to Boston’s elite.

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Charles Russell Lowell, Sr. was a Unitarian minister and the son of judge John Lowell.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and attended The Roxbury Latin School and later Harvard College in 1800 where he studied law and then theology. After two years in Edinburgh, Scotland and one year on the Continent, Lowell was, from 1806 until his death, pastor of the West Congregational (Unitarian) Church of Boston, a charge in which Cyrus A. Bartol was associated with him after 1837. From that year until 1840, he traveled extensively in Europe and the east. During the latter part of his life Lowell officiated only occasionally in his church.

Lowell was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1814, and served on its board of councilors from 1820 to 1853.

He married Harriet, daughter of Robert T. Spence, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, an officer in the U. S. Navy. Harvard gave him the degree of D.D. in 1823. He was a fellow of its corporation from 1818 until 1833. He was a member of literary societies in the United States and elsewhere. The "Proceedings" of a parish meeting that was held in his memory were published in 1861.

He was half-brother of Francis Cabot Lowell, father of James Russell Lowell and Robert Traill Spence Lowell, grandfather of Civil War General Charles Russell Lowell, and the son of John Lowell, "The Old Judge".

He contributed largely to periodical literature and published many separate discourses, a volume of Occasional Sermons, one of Practical Sermons (Boston, 1855), Meditations for the Afflicted, Sick, and Dying and Devotional Exercises for Communicants.

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Rev. Charles Russell Lowell, Sr.'s Timeline

1782
August 15, 1782
Boston, MA, USA
1807
October 30, 1807
Age 25
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1809
January 17, 1809
Age 26
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1810
December 3, 1810
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1813
September 23, 1813
Age 31
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1816
October 8, 1816
Age 34
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
October 8, 1816
Age 34
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1819
February 22, 1819
Age 36
Cambridge, MA, USA
1861
January 20, 1861
Age 78
Cambridge, MA, USA