as eager to turn it into life, who being dead yet speak, and urge us to the best which they reverently followed.
During the period of this history the most important outward events have been the building of the meetinghouse in 1839, at a cost of about $14,000, the re-modeling of the interior in 1882 at an expense of $4,000, the destruction of it by fire on January 15, 1893, and the building of a new church, dedicated in June, 1894, at a cost of about $40,000.
The church is known as Unitarian, but the name nowhere appears in its legal organization.
It is simply the First Parish in Medford.
Not that it is in the least indifferent to the name Unitarian, rather it honors it, but the fact of its absence marks the unsectarian character which our fathers gave it. Sectarian propagandism it has never been afflicted with.
Humanity is dearer to it than sect, and in its long history it is humanity which it has most sought to serve.
Its interest in temperance and anti-slavery were evid
e son Abbott Lawrence Lowell has the honor to succeed Charles William Eliot as head of Harvard.
Andrew, a brother of Katherine, after graduating from Harvard, entered the ministry and settled in Medford, succeeding Rev. David Osgood as pastor of the church in the town.
Soon after his settlement, differences of opinion in religious belief caused the withdrawal of seventeen members who formed the Second Congregational Church. Rev. Andrew Bigelow was pastor of the Bulfinch Street Chapel (Unitarian) in Boston, 1845-1846.
John Prescott, a brother of the above, was Secretary of State of Massachusetts and was elected Mayor of Boston, December 1848, and served three terms.
During his term of office, the completion of the lines of railroads connecting Boston with Canada and the Great Lakes was celebrated with great elaborateness, and he is said to have done the honors of the city very handsomely.
The first gift of money to the Boston Public Library was from John P. Bigelow.
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