Phillips Brooks

Phillips Brooks

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 23 Jan 1893 (aged 57)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Fir Ave., Mimosa Path, Lot 1288
Memorial ID 10076162 · View Source
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Religious Figure. He 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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Phillips Brooks
Dec 13, 1835 - Jan 23, 1893
Rector of the Church of the
Advent, Philadelphia
1859 - 1862
Rector of the Church of the
Holy Trinity, Philadelphia
1862 - 1869
Rector of the Trinity Church
Boston 1869 - 1891
Bishop of the Diocese of Mass.
1891 - 1893



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