John McClintock and James Strong, “Wentworth, Erastus,” Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature (New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1889), 2: 1075.
Wentworth, Erastus, D.D., a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Stonington, Conn., Aug. 5, 1813. He was converted in 1831 ; studied at Cazenovia, N. Y. ; graduated from Wesleyan University, Conn., in 1887; became a teacher in Gouverneur Seminary in 1838, and in 1841 in Troy Conference Academy, joining the Troy Conference the same year; in 1846 was elected president of M’Kendrie College, Ill. ; in 1850 professor in Dickinson College, Pa. ; in 1854 went as a missionary to Foochow, China; in 1862 became pastor of North-second Street Church, Troy, N. Y.; in 1865 of State Street Church, in the same city; in 1868 at Pittsfield, Mass.; in 1871 at Amsterdam, N. Y.; in 1872 editor of The Ladies’ Repository, at Cincinnati, O.; in 1877 became superannuated, and died at Sandy Hill, N. Y., May 25,1886. He was possessed of remarkable and varied talents, wrote much and brilliantly, especially for the journals, and several times was a member of the General Conference. See Alumni Record of Wesleyan University, 1882, p. 17, 654.