Elijah Parish Lovejoy was born on November 9, 1802 in Albion Maine. He was the son of the Reverend Daniel Lovejoy and Elizabeth Pattee Lovejoy. He entered what was then Waterville College in 1823 as a second-year student and graduated as class poet and giver of the validictory address in August of 1826. After a short period as principal of China Academy, he went to St. Louis, Missouri, to teach. He began a career in journalism as a part-time writer, then full-time editor and publisher, of the St. Louis Times. After a conversion of faith and commitment to the ministry, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary. He preached briefly in New York and then returned to St. Louis to edit the St. Louis Observer, a weekly religious paper.
"Inspirations of the Muse: A Poem" (Lovejoy's valedictory address at the Waterville College commencement on 30 August 1826)