Francis Ellingwood Abbot was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 6 November 1836. Following Boston Latin School, Abbot joined the class of 1859 at Harvard College. He began his studies ranked number one in his class and graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Harvard provided the foundation for exploring philosophical ideas with associates. These discussions later led to Abbot's participation with Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and others in the Metaphysical Club. Abbot attended Harvard Divinity School and graduated from Meadeville Theological School in 1863.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.