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Smith, Benjamin Bosworth

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Smith, Benjamin Bosworth
March 14, 2007 10:33PM
Historical Sketches of Kentucky by Lewis Collins, Maysville, KY. and J. A.
& U. P. James, Cincinnati, 1847. Volume 1. Reprinted 1968. Fayette
County. The Episcopal Church. Page 443.

Right Rev. BENJAMIN BOSWORTH SMITH, D. D., first Episcopal bishop of
Kentucky, was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, June 13, 1794; graduated at
Brown University, 1816; was ordained a deacon, April 17, 1817, and priest
in 1818; rector in Virginia, 1820-23; in Middlebury, Vermont, 1823-28; of
a mission in Philadelphia, and editor of Episcopal Recorder, 1828-30;
rector of Christ Church, Lexington, 1830-37, during which time, at the 4th
annual convention, June 11, 1832, he was elected bishop, and was
consecrated at St. Paul's Chapel, New York city, Oct. 31, 1832, at the
same time with the late Bishops McIlvaine, of Ohio, and Meade, of Virginia
- but being the first of the three upon whom the consecrating hands were
laid, obtained precedence; was superintendent of public instruction in
Kentucky, at the head of the common school system, 1840-42, and lectured
in 76 out of the 90 counties in the state. Since the death of Bishop
Hopkins, of Vermont, 1872, he has been the senior and presiding bishop of
the Protestant Episcopal church in the United States. He is still living
(June, 1873), in his 80th year.

Smith Brown McIlvaine Meade Hopkins

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