E.A. Orne (1854-1932) was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and spent the majority of his life in Charlestown and Boston, Massachusetts. He was a student of Mary Baker Eddy's, studying with her in the summer of 1879. He helped Eddy obtain a charter for the Church of Christ (Scientist) and served as Clerk from the Church's incorporation until July 1881. He resigned his membership from the Church and the Christian Scientist Association in 1884, although he had been inactive for several years.