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Allen, Alexander Viets Griswold (04 May 1841–01 July 1908), Episcopal priest, theologian, and educator, was born in Otis, Massachusetts, the son of Ethan Allen, a teacher and Episcopal priest, and Lydia Child Burr. His father served churches in Massachusetts and Vermont. Both parents were strongly evangelical in the Episcopal manner of the time, emphasizing biblical authority and teaching more than sacramental theology—a conviction that produced conflict in several of the churches that Allen’s father served. Their piety shaped Allen’s early views, leading him to enroll at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, in 1859. Kenyon was an Episcopal institution then of an evangelical stamp. An excellent student, Allen delivered the valedictory address upon graduating in 1862 and immediately entered Bexley Hall, a theological seminary in Gambier....

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Henry, Caleb Sprague (02 August 1804–09 March 1884), educator, pastor, and author, was born in Rutland, Massachusetts, the son of Silas Henry and Dorothy Pierce. Henry received his A.B. from Dartmouth in 1825 and later studied at Andover Theological Seminary. At twenty-four years of age, Henry was ordained a pastor in the Congregational denomination and served at churches in Greenfield, Mississippi (1829–1831), and in West Hartford, Connecticut (1833–1835). Henry was a proponent of the peace movement and in 1834 wrote the pamphlet ...

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Hodges, George (06 October 1856–27 May 1919), clergyman and educator, was born in Rome, New York, the son of George Frederick Hodges and Hannah Elizabeth Ballard. Hodges received his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in 1877. After teaching for a year in London, Ontario, Canada, he entered St. Andrew’s Divinity School in Syracuse, New York. Dissatisfied with the instruction he received there, he transferred to Berkeley Divinity School in Middletown, Connecticut, from which he graduated in 1881. During his final year in seminary, he also served at a small Episcopal parish in South Glastonbury, Connecticut. He was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal church in 1881 and a priest the next year. Called to be an assistant minister at Calvary Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1881, Hodges was placed in charge of St. Stephen’s, a mission congregation under Calvary’s care. He married Anna Sargent Jennings in 1881, and they had two children. After the death of his first wife in 1897, he married Julia Shelley in 1901. They had three children....

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Lowell, Robert Traill Spence (08 October 1816–12 September 1891), Episcopal priest, educator, and author, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the Reverend Charles Lowell, a Unitarian minister, and Harriett Brackett Spence. He attended the Round Hill School, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1823–1828, where he studied with Joseph Green Cogswell, the founder of the school, and ...

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Stokes, Anson Phelps (13 April 1874–13 August 1958), clergyman, educator, and historian, was born in New Brighton, Staten Island, New York, the son of Anson Phelps Stokes, a banker, and Helen Louisa Phelps. He graduated from Yale with a B.A. degree in 1896 and, having inherited a large fortune from his maternal grandfather, Isaac Newton Phelps, spent the following year traveling abroad, mostly in East Asia. Upon his return, he enrolled in the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to study for the Episcopal ministry. Before his graduation, however, ...