Biography of Edward B. Maglathlin
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Maglathlin, Edward B., was born in Duxbury, May 15, 1852, a son of Edward D. Maglathlin, who was a native of the same town. Their ancestor, John Maglathlin, was a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and settled in Duxbury about 1700. Edward D. married Persis Walker of Pembroke, a lineal descendant of Gov. William Bradford; and his life was identified with shipping interests at East Boston, where he died in 1868. Edward B. Maglathlin was graduated from the Boston public schools, the State Normal School of Bridgewater, Antioch College. Yellow Springs, Ohio; and pursued a course in theology in Harvard University. In 1876 he visited Europe and in 1877 was appointed principal of the Partridge Academy at Duxbury, remaining there for six years. While in Duxbury he served as a member of the board of School Committee and as a director of the Plymouth County Teachers' Association. On June 1, 1881, Mr. Maglathlin was ordained to the Christian ministry by the Plymouth and Bay Ministerial Association, and in 1882 was installed as pastor of the Unitarian Church at Harvard, Mass., where he remained until 1885. Mr. Maglathlin then taught in the Cambridge High School, supplying at the same time the pulpit of Grace Chapel at Green Harbor, and in the summer of 1887 accepted a call to the pastorate of the Unitarian Church in Westford. In 1889 he resigned his charge at Westford to accept the position of superintendent of schools at Easthampton, Mass., and in 1891 was elected superintendent of schools in Easton, also serving as one of the three directors of the Bristol County Teachcrs' Association, from 1891 to 1896. Since October 1, 1894, in addition to his work in the Easton Schools, Mr. Maglathlin has had charge of the Unitarian pulpit in West Bridgewater. In 1898 he was elected a trustee of the Howard Seminary. In 1877 he married Clara, daughter of Olcott Webb of Northfleld, Mass., and they are the parents of five sons; Webb C., Leon E., Sydney A., Carl W. and Ralph H. Mr. Maglathlin is one of the progressive men of Bristol county, devoting his life energies to the advancement of religious and educational institutions and to the welfare of his fellow men.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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