1835 – Born on the 18th of December at Roxbury, Massachusetts.
1853 – He graduated at the University of New York.
1856 – He studied law and was admitted to the bar.
1860 – He was ordained a minister of the Congregational Church, after studying theology with his uncle.
– He was pastor of the Congregational Church in Terre Haute, Indiana for five years.
1865 – He became the pastor of the New England Church in New York City.
– He was secretary of the American Union Commission (later called the American Freedmen’s Bureau).
1869 – He resigned as a pastor to devote himself to literature.
– He was an associate editor of Harper’s Magazine, and editor of the Illustrated Christian Weekly.
1876 – He was co-editor of The Christian Union.
1881 – He was editor-in-chief of The Christian Union.
1888 – He succeeded as pastor of Plymouth Church.
1893 – He renamed "The Christian Union" to "The Outlook"; this periodical reflected his efforts toward social
reform, and, in theology, a liberality,
humanitarian and nearly unitarian.
1909 – His son, Lawrence Fraser Abbot,accompanied President Roosevelt on a tour of Europe and Africa.
1913 – He was expelled from the American Peace Society because military preparedness was vigorously
advocated in the "Outlook" where he was editor-in-chief
1922 – He died on the 22nd of October.