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 Phillips Brooks

Phillips Brooks

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 23 Jan 1893 (aged 57)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Plot St. Margaret's Church
Memorial ID 19270 · View Source
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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.

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  • Added: 2 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19270
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Phillips Brooks (13 Dec 1835–23 Jan 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19270, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .