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Anson Phelps Stokes, American clergyman, educationist. Decorated Chevalier Legion of Honor (France), 1919; recipient Yale medal from corporation of the university for service to Yale, 1952. Member Phi Beta Kappa, etc.


Stokes, Anson Phelps was born on April 13, 1874 in New Brighton, S.I., New York, United States. Son of Anson Phelps and Helen Louisa (Phelps) Stokes.


Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1896, A.M., 1900. Bachelor of Divinity, Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1900. Doctor of Divinity, Gettysburg College, 1910.

Doctor of Laws, Yale, 1921, Illinois College, Jacksonville, 1927. S.T.D., Kenyon College, 1941. Doctor Canon Law, Berkeley Division School, 1952.

Doctor of Divinity, Princeton University, 1956.


Anson Phelps, Isaac Newton Phelps, Olivia Egleston Phelps (Mistress John Davis Hatch, Junior). Traveled around world, visiting China, Java, India, and other countries, 1896-1897. Also South Pacific, Australasia, Far East, 1920, South America, 1929, Africa (Cape to Cairo), 1932-1933.

Secretary Yale University, 1899-1921. Deacon, Protestant Episcopal Church, 1900, priest, 1925. Assistant minister St. Paul’s, New Haven, 1900-1918, in charge, 1903.

Canon of Washington Cathedral, 1924-1939. Archbishop Ireland Lecturer on Church and State, College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, 1951. President Washington Committee on Housing, 1936-1939.

Chairman Department Social Welfare (Washington Diocese), 1938-1939. Also ex-president Washington Family Service Association. Ex-member General Education Board, International Education Board Rockefeller Foundation, Institute of International Education, Washington Cathedral Chapter, and ex-chairman Interracial Commission appointed by Washington Federal of Churches.

Ex- chairman of the board of trustees Yale in China and Hwachung (Central China) College. Ex-trustee Wellesley College, American Academy in Rome, Connecticut General Hospital, St. Paul’s School, Tuskegee Institute, American Council on Education First director educational department Young Men’s Christian Association, American Expeditionary Force. Proposed and organized Army Ednl.

Commission; a founder National Committee for Mental Hygiene, Lowell House (New Haven Settlement), Yale-in-China, Gaylord Farm Sanatorium. Chairman Committee named by President, 1935, to prepare plan for organizing District of Columbia Alley Dwelling Authority. President emeritus Phelps Stokes Fund (for educational work among Negroes).

Ex-trustee Brookings Institution. Associate fellow Trumbull College. Yale University; trsutee Pleasant Valley Bird Sanctuary of Berkshire County.

Trustee Lenox Library and Lenox School. Chairman Committee American Negroes in Defense Industries. Chairman Committee on Africa and Peace Aims, 1941 (editor of its report “The Atlantic Charter.

And Africa from an American Standpoint”).


  • Other Work

    • Author: Memorials of Eminent Yale Men (2 vols.). What Jesus Christ Thought of Himself. Educational Plans for the American Army Abroad.Tuskegee Institute’s First Fifty Years. Booker Washington


Member Phi Beta Kappa, etc.; Clubs: Century, Yale (New York).


Married Caroline Green Mitchell, December 30, 1903. Children: Review.

Anson Phelps Stokes

Helen Louisa (Phelps) Stokes

Caroline Green Mitchell

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