Tourjee, Eben was born on June 1, 1834 in Warwick, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Ebenezer and Angelina (Ball) Tourjee.
Studied at East Greenwich Seminary, circa 1848-1849. Took academic subjects at East Greenwich Seminary.
Opened school which exemplified for 1st time in New England conservatory system of teaching, Fall River, Massachusetts. Private teacher, organist, Newport, Rhode Island. Became music director East Greenwich Seminary, 1861.
Musical organizer of enlistment rallies during Civil War. Studied in Germany, circa 1863. Reorganized Musical Institute of Providence (later Providence Conservatory of Music), 1864.
Founded New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, circa 1867.
Married Abbie I. Tuell, October 1855. Married second, Sarah Lee, October 1871.