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date: 21 October 2019

Rainsford, William Stephenlocked

(30 October 1850–17 December 1933)
  • Gardiner H. Shattuck


Rainsford, William Stephen (30 October 1850–17 December 1933), clergyman and social reformer, was born near Dublin, Ireland, the son of Marcus Rainsford, an Anglican priest, and Louisa Anne Dickson. Rainsford moved to England in 1865 when his father took charge of a parish in London; he received his bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University, where he studied between 1870 and 1873. Ordained a deacon of the Church of England in December 1873 and a priest in 1874, he started his ministry as a curate at St. Giles’s parish in Norwich. Dissatisfied with English church life, however, he left Norwich in 1876 and spent the next two years working as a traveling preacher in Canada and the United States. Following a mission he led at St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto, Rainsford became assistant rector of that parish in 1878. In April of that year he married Emily Alma Green, a widow, with whom he had three children. He later married Harriette Rogers in 1926, three years after Emily died....

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