Gay, Ebenezer was born on August 15, 1696 in Dedham, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Nathaniel and Lydia (Lusher) Gay.
Graduated from Harvard, 1712, honorary Doctor of Divinity, 1795.
Ordained and installed as minister Congregational Church, Hingham, Mass, 1718. Theologically an Arminian, opposed rigid articles of faith, anticipated Unitarian movement in his liberal attitudes. Published sermons including The Old Man’s Calendar 1781, The Massachusetts Election Sermon, 1745 Dudleian Lecture at Harvard on Natural and Revealed Religion, 1759.
Married Jerusha Bradford, November 3, 1719, 11 children.