Was born at Easton, Pa.; son of Benjamin and Ann Elizabeth (Yard) Oberly. His ancestors came from Berne, Switzerland, in 1735, and settled in Northampton county, Pa. He was graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., B.A., 1865, M.A., 1868, D.D., 1899, and studied in the Berkeley Divinity School, Middletown, Conn. He was curate of the Church of the Nativity, South Bethlehem, Pa., 1867; of Trinity Church, New York, 1868-69; rector of Holy Cross Church, Warrensburgh, N.Y., 1869-73; Grace church, Cherry Valley, N. Y., 1873-74; of Trinity Church, West Troy, N.Y., 1874-79, and of Christ Church, Elizabeth, N.J., since 1879. Dr. Oberly was a member of the Standing committee of the Diocese of New Jersey, 1892-1906; deputy to the General Convention, 1901, 1904, and 1910. He is author of a series of Lessons on the Church Catechism; a Volume, The Testimony of the Prayer Book to the Continuity of the Church; numerous essays and published sermons and contributions to magazines and newspapers. He is a member of the American Church Union, the Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Churches Union, the Executive Committee of the Church Congress, the Commission on Christian Unity of General Convention, the Corporation for the Relief of Widows and Orphans of Clergymen of New Jersey, the Charity Organization Society, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children of Elizabeth, N.J. He is a member of the Catholic Clerical Union of New York city, and the Psi Upsilon Club of New York city. Dr. Oberly married in New York City, October 2, 1871, Jane Averell Laidley, and of that union there were three children, all now deceased.

Distinguished Successful Americans of Our Day (Chicago: Successful Americans, 1911), p. 268.

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