Crapsey, Algernon Sidney
- Evelyn A. Kirkley
Crapsey, Algernon Sidney (28 June 1847–31 December 1927), religious leader, was born in Fairmount, Ohio, the son of Jacob Tompkins Crapsey, a lawyer, and Rachel Morris. His father’s declining legal practice forced Crapsey at age eleven to seek employment in a dry goods store. During the Civil War he served for four months as a private in the Ohio Infantry but was discharged when he was diagnosed as having a hypertrophied heart. He moved to New York City in the mid-1860s, became a bookkeeper, and joined the Episcopal church. Soon after he felt a call to ministry, studied at St. Stephen’s (later Bard) College from 1867 to 1869 and graduated from General Theological Seminary in 1872. He was ordained a priest of the Episcopal church in 1873 and served on the staff of Trinity Church in Manhattan. In 1875 he married Adelaide Trowbridge; they had nine children....