abbott, lyman - Abbott, lyman (1835-1922); abbott, lyman - American Congregational divine and publicist. Born Dec. 18, 1835 at Roxbury, Massachusetts, he graduated at New York University in 1853, and be came pastor at Terre Haute, Indiana, in I860. In 1888 he succeeded Henry Ward Beecher as minister at Plymouth Church, Brooklyn. In 1893 he became chief editor of The Outlook, New York. His books include a Life of Henry Ward Beecher; Dictionary of Religious Knowledge (with T. J. Conant); Life and Literature of the Ancient Hebrews. He died Oct. 22, 1922.