John Maury Allin

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John Maury Allin

  • Birth 22 Apr 1921 Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas, USA
  • Death 6 Mar 1998 Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Sewanee, Franklin County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 86280867

VI Bishop of Mississippi
XVII Chancellor of This University
XXIII Presiding Bishop

Son of Richard Allin and Dora Harper Allin; brother of Richard Allin, whose grave rests beside his. He attended college and seminary at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1943 and a Master of Divinity in 1945. In 1949 he married Frances Ann Kelly, also of Helena, Arkansas, with whom he would raise a son and three daughters.

Starting in 1961, as a Trustee of the University of the South, served two six-year terms as one of its Regents, and was its 17th chancellor from 1973-1979. Over the course of his church career, he served in various positions in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missisippi, and was consecrated as the Sixth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi in 1966. Allin was elected as the twenty-third Presiding Bishop of ECUSA in 1973, a turbulent time as the church grappled with Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and the role of women in the church. He was a pivotal supporter of Mississippi's effort to rebuild burned black churches in the 1960's, an unpopular decision at the time. He was an ardent critic of the ordination of women.


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  • Created by: L Ferree
  • Added: 5 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86280867
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Maury Allin (22 Apr 1921–6 Mar 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86280867, citing University of the South Cemetery, Sewanee, Franklin County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by L Ferree (contributor 47116659) .