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Breck, James Lloyd (27 June 1818–30 March 1876), Episcopal missionary, was born in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, the son of George Breck and Catharine D. Israell. Senator James Lloyd of Massachusetts, who was married to Breck’s paternal aunt, financed his education at the Flushing (N.Y.) Institute and at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation in 1838, Breck prepared for the ordained ministry of the Episcopal church at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. A sermon on the need for frontier clergy preached there by Bishop ...

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James T. Holly. Currier & Ives lithograph, 1875. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-93450 ).

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Holly, James Theodore (30 October 1829–13 March 1911), black emigrationist, missionary, and bishop, was born free in Washington, D.C., the son of James Overton Holly, a bootmaker, and Jane (maiden name unknown). At fourteen he and his family moved to Brooklyn, where he worked with his father. By 1848, while clerking for ...

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Jones, Edward (1808?–14 May 1865), African-American Episcopal priest and missionary, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of Jehu Jones, proprietor of a prestigious hotel, and Abigail (maiden name unknown). Little is known of his early education. In 1822 he attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. When Jones graduated in 1826, he was one of the first African-American college graduates in the nation....

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Savage, Thomas Staughton (07 June 1804–29 December 1880), Episcopal clergyman, missionary, and physician, was born in Middletown (now Cromwell), Connecticut, the son of Josiah Savage, a ship owner and trader, and Mary Roberts. He was raised a Congregationalist in a wealthy family and attended Yale College, from which he graduated in 1825. He received his M.D. from the Yale Medical School in 1833 and then traveled extensively throughout the United States. Savage then entered the Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, from which he graduated in 1836. He was ordained deacon on 17 July 1836 and priest on 23 October 1836....