Lewis French Stearns was born on 10 March 1847 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He attended the College of New Jersey in Princeton where his father, Jonathan French Stearns was a Presbyterian minister and served on the board of trustees. After graduating with his BA from Princeton in 1867, he enrolled at Columbia Law School. In 1869 he abandoned plans for a career in the legal profession and returned to Princeton to attend the theological seminary. The leading citadel of Old School Presbyterian orthodoxy, Princeton's theologians championed Reformed confessionalism; divine transcendence and the immutability of God's decrees provided the starting point of the Calvinist Princeton Theology.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.