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Phillips Brooks
Birth: Dec. 13, 1835
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 23, 1893
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Brooks has been called "the greatest American preacher of the 19th Century." He attended the Boston Latin School, Harvard University (where Phillips Brooks House was named after him) and Episcopal Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He became an Episcopal priest in 1860, and became Rector of the Church of the Advent, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was known for his support of freeing the slaves and allowing former slaves to vote. In 1869, he became Rector of Trinity Church in Boston. In 1872, he helped design the Trinity Church building which today stands in Boston's Back Bay. In 1891, he became Episcopal bishop of Massachusetts. Brooks wrote about his horseback journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, where he assisted with the midnight service on Christmas Eve, 1865: I remember standing in the old church in Bethlehem, close to the spot where Jesus was born, when the whole church was ringing hour after hour with splendid hymns of praise to God, how again and again it seemed as if I could hear voices I knew well, telling each other of the Wonderful Night of the Savior's birth. (bio by: Sue Modolo) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Gray Brooks (1805 - 1879)
 
 Siblings:
  William Gray Brooks (1834 - 1912)*
  Phillips Brooks (1835 - 1893)
  Frederick Brooks (1842 - 1874)*
  Arthur Brooks (1845 - 1895)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Sue Modolo
Record added: Dec 13, 2004
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In honour of a great man, who wrote the lyrics to "O Little Town of Bethlehem". Rest in Peace.
- Lisa Clark
 Added: Sep. 4, 2014

- David
 Added: Mar. 21, 2014

- Ernest Sharpe Jr
 Added: Sep. 25, 2012
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