Cummings, Edward was born on April 20, 1861 in Colebrook, New Hampshire, United States. Son of Edward Norris and Lucretia Frances (Merrill) Cummings.
Graduate Woburn (Massachusetts) High School, 1879. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1883, A.M., 1885. Studied Harvard Law, Divinity, and Graduate schools, 1883-1885.
Instructor English, Harvard and Radcliffe, 1885-1887. Robert Treat Paine fellow in social science, Harvard, 1888-1891 (first incumbent of this fellowship). Studied at École Libre des Sciences Politiques, Sorbonne and College de France, Paris, and University of Berlin.
Instructor sociology, 1891-1893, assistant professor, 1893-1900, Harvard: minister S. Congressional Church, Boston, 1900-1925 (succeeding late Edward Everett Hale, minister emeritus). Minister emeritus First Church in Boston after merger of S. Congressional with First Church, 1925. General secretary World Peace Foundation, since 1916.
Home: Boston, Mass.
Married Rebecca Haswell Clarke, June 25, 1891. Children: Edward Estlin, Elizabeth Frances.