The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 273
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Edward Hopkins Cushing
Another feature of his religious life was his generous giving to
the church and to every benevolent cause. He was interested in
every good cause and work. There was no spirit of narrow sec-
tarianism in him, but he rejoiced in the prosperity of all the
churches that stood for a pure gospel.
Going to Houston as a comparatively young minister, my asso-
ciation with him was wonderfully helpful to my intellectual and
spiritual growth. I was pastor there for only three years. But
in that time by his help and that of the other officers largely
inspired by him, the Church grew from about a hundred members
to a membership of two hundred and fifty; and foundations were
laid, largely by his influence, for the marvelous growth of that
church to the largest membership, about two thousand, in our
Mr. Cushing's home life, was an open book. His wife, born
under the flag of the Republic of Texas, was truly a helpmeet and
a companion. Being a woman of education and a reader of good
books, she made the home his most prized recreation. There was
a remarkable sympathy in tastes and thought between them, so
that when business adversities came or the cares of life seemed to
press hard against him he found comfort and solace in his quiet
home with his family.
When at last his spirit was taken, the respect of his fellow man
was evidenced by a great memorial service in which the Sunday
Schools of all denominations participated.
Among those who helped to build up Texas-pioneer, soldier,
statesman-each did well his part, but to men like E. H. Cushing
who, in a modest way, worked and fought for the triumph of the
right, who gave succor to the weary and encouragement to the
despondent, living lives which, in themselves, were inspiration for
good, is due much that forms the part of Texas history which will
endure. As was said of an eminent divine in connection with the
late war: "Probably when the true balance can be struck, these
written and spoken words will be found to have accomplished more
than thousands of armed troops?"
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