Emerson, Chester Burge was born on July 28, 1882 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States. Son of John A. and Abbie Jane Emerson.
Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin, 1904, Doctor of Divinity, 1919. Bachelor of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, 1909. Doctor of Divinity, Kenyon College, 1933.
Ordained Congleton ministry, 1909. Pastor First Parish, Saco, Maine, 1909-1913, North Woodward Church, Detroit, 1913-1932. Canon residentiary Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal), Cleveland, January-November, 1933, dean, 1933-1951, dean emeritus since 1951.
Lecturer General Theological Seminary, New York City, 1951-1952. Locum tenens Calvary Church, Pittsburgh, 1951-1952, St. Peters, Albany, New York, 52-53, Ashtabula, O., 1953-1954, St. Marks, Toledo, 1955, Christ Church, Hole Sound, Florida, 1957, St. Michaels in the Valley, Ligonier, Pennsylvania, 1959, St. Pauls, Delray, Florida, 1961. Priest-in-charge St. Anne’s.
Kennebunkport, Maine, summers since 1942.
Member Diocesan Council, deputy, General Convention, October 1940, 1943, September 1946, 1949. Member Standing Committee of Diocese. Ohio, 1943-1951, diocesan council 1935-1941, 42-48.
Served under Young Men’s Christian Association in France, 1917-1918. Member executive Committee State Board Congressional Churches. Member Executive Committee Commision on Missions of National Council Congressional Churches, 1919-1928.
Overseer Bowdoin College. Mason (32 degree, Knights Templar, Shriner, also 33 degree from Grand Council of Greece, Athens, also from Northern Jurisdiction United States 1932. Grand Prelate of K.T. of the United States).