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Cary Breckinridge Wilmer, American clergyman.


Wilmer, Cary Breckinridge was born on June 2, 1859 in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Son of George Thornton and Mary Barbara (Saunders) Wilmer.


Bachelor of Arts, William and Mary College, Virginia, 1875. Theological Department, Kenyon College, 1883-1884. Doctor of Divinity, University of South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1906.


Deacon, 1884, priest, 1886, P.E. Church. Rector Grace Church, Ocala, Florida, 1884-1889, Church of Resurrection, Fernbank, O., 1889-1891.

Superintendent Colored Orphan Asylum, Lynchburg, Virginia, 1891-1898. Rector, Church of Epiphany, Lynchburg, 1892-1893, Church of Nativity, Cincinnati, 1898-1900, St. Luke’s Church, Atlanta, 1900-1924, now rector emeritus. Professor of practical theology, University of the South, 1924-1932 (retired).

Chaplain, retired, 5th Regiment Georgia National Guard. Special speaker for Young Men’s Christian Association with American Expeditionary Forces in France, 1919. Lecturer at College of Preachers, Washington, District of Columbia, and Clergy Conference, Kanuga, North Carolina.


  • Other Work

    • Author magazine articles, book reviews and tracts on religious subjects. Writer on Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine, 1919-1940. Also collaborator in a number of books. Author prize essay on The Name of the Church. Contributing to revision of Book of Common Prayer.


Delegate General Convention Protestant Episcopal Church 6 times to 1925. Charter member Georgia National Child Labor Committee (honorary member); charter member The Southern Regional Council, Inc. since January 6, 1944. Member Elks, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Mistress. 1 son, Cary Breckinridge.

George Thornton Wilmer

Mary Barbara (Saunders) Wilmer

Cary Breckinridge