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Bishop Philander Chase

Bishop Philander Chase

Birth
Cornish City, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 20 Sep 1852 (aged 76)
Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Burial Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 16312997 · View Source
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Religious leader. The brother of Senator Dudley Chase and uncle of Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, he graduated from Dartmouth in 1795. Chase decided on a career in the Episcopal church, studied privately with a priest, and received his ordination in 1799. From 1799 to 1817 he served as a priest in Poughkeepsie, New Orleans and Hartford. In 1817 Chase relocated to Ohio and in 1818 he was appointed Ohio's first Episcopal Bishop. In 1821 he became President of Cincinnati College. Since there was only one Episcopal seminary in America, Chase decided to create one that would develop priests for the newly-settled frontier, and in 1824 founded and became first President of Kenyon College. Chase left Kenyon and his position as Bishop in 1831. In 1835, Episcopals in new towns west of Ohio formed a diocese and elected him its head, making him the first Bishop of Illinois. Chase accepted and moved to Peoria, where he founded and served as President of Jubilee College, modeled on his success at Kenyon. From 1843 until his death Chase was Presiding Bishop, the head of the US Episcopal church.

Bio by: Bill McKern


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  • Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 24 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16312997
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bishop Philander Chase (14 Dec 1775–20 Sep 1852), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16312997, citing Jubilee Churchyard Cemetery, Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Bill McKern (contributor 46817687) .