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Collection Number: 05396-z

Collection Title: William Rollinson Whittingham Letters, 1857-1867

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Abstract William Rollinson Whittingham was born in New York City, N.Y., and graduated from the General Theological Seminary in 1825. He was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1829 and became rector of Saint Mark's Church in Orange, N.J. Whittingham later served as rector of Saint Luke's Church in New York City, and in 1835 became a professor of ecclesiastical history at the General Theological Seminary. In 1840, he was elected Episcopal bishop of Maryland, the youngest American bishop to date, and served in that capacity until his death. During the Civil War, Whittingham supported the Union cause, which lost him the sympathies of many. At the time of his death in 1879, Whittingham was the second oldest American bishop, having served 39 years in office. The collection consists of five letters written during the period surrounding the Civil War by Whittingham to Charles H. Hall, rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C. In the letters, Whittingham discussed matters of the church, including his disapproval of the military occupation of church buildings.
Creator Whittingham, William Rollinson, 1805-1879.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Rollinson Whittingham Letters #5396-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Historical Collectible Auctions in June 2008 (Acc. 100960).
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William Rollinson Whittingham was born in New York City, N.Y., and graduated from the General Theological Seminary in 1825. He was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1829 and became rector of Saint Mark's Church in Orange, N.J. Whittingham later served as rector of Saint Luke's Church in New York City, and in 1835 became a professor of ecclesiastical history at the General Theological Seminary. In 1840, he was elected Episcopal bishop of Maryland, the youngest American bishop to date, and served in that capacity until his death. During the Civil War, Whittingham supported the Union cause, which lost him the sympathies of many. At the time of his death in 1879, Whittingham was the second oldest American bishop, having served 39 years in office.

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The collection consists of five letters written during the period surrounding the Civil War by Whittingham to Charles H. Hall, rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C. In the letters, Whittingham discussed matters of the church, including his disapproval of the military occupation of church buildings.

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Processed by: Matt Dailey and Rachel Shope, January 2011

Encoded by: Matt Dailey, February 2011

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