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Rev William Temple
Birth: Oct. 15, 1881
Devon, England
Death: Oct. 26, 1944
Kent, England

Archbishop of Canterbury. He served in this position from April 1942 until his death in 1944. A renowned teacher and preacher, he is perhaps best known for his 1942 book "Christianity and Social Order," which established an Anglican social theology and a vision for what would constitute a just post-war society. Born in Exter, Devon, England he was the second son of Frederick Temple who was also an Archbishop o Canterbury. From an early age, he suffered from gout and a cataract which left him blind in his right eye at age 40. He received his education at Rugby School in Rugby, Warwickshire, England and Balliol College, Oxford, England where he obtained a double first in classics and served as president of the Oxford Union. Upon graduation he became a fellow and lecturer in philosophy at Queen's College in Oxford from 1904 to 1910 and was ordained priest in 1909. From 1910 to 1914 he was the Headmaster of Repton School in Repton, Derbyshire, England after which he returned to being a full-time cleric by becoming Bishop of Manchester in 1921 and Archbishop of York in 1929. He was a consistent writer and completed his largest philosophical work, "Mens Creatrix" (The Creative Mind) in 1917. From 1932 to 1933 he gave the Gifford Lectures, published in 1934 as "Gifford Lectures, Nature, Man, and God." In April 1942 he was appointed and installed as Archbishop of Canterbury. That same year he became one of the founders of the Council of Christians and Jews. He defended the working-class movement and supported economic and social reforms. He was also influential in bringing together the various churches of the country to support the Education Act of 1944 and his influence led to the formation of the British Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. In 1944 he published "The Church Looks Forward." He publicly supported a negotiated peace to end World War II, as opposed to the unconditional surrender that the Allied leaders were demanding. He died at Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, England at the age of 63 and was cremated and was the last Archbishop of Canterbury to have died while in office (up to 2015). He was the first Primate of All England to be cremated and this had an immense effect upon the opinion of church people not only in his country, but also throughout the whole Anglican community. His ashes were buried under a large stone in the cloister garden of Canterbury Cathedral, close to his father's grave. There is a memorial to him at the parish church of St George in Bicknoller, Somerset, England where he spent his holidays from 1933 to 1944. He is honored in the Calendar of the Church of England and other church members of the Anglican Communion on 6 November. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
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  Frederick Temple (1821 - 1902)
  Frances Temple (1890 - 1984)*
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Canterbury Cathedral
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Kent, England
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