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bishop , rector , Episcopal bishop

David Hummell Greer was an American Protestant Episcopal bishop.


He was born in Wheeling, Virginia, (now West Virginia), graduated from Washington College (Pa) in 1862, and studied at the Protestant Episcopal Seminary, Gambier, Ohio.


Washington & Jefferson College.


Ordained a priest in 1868, he was rector successively at Covington, Kentucky (1868–1871), Providence, Rhode Island (1871–1888), and New York City at St. Bartholomew's Church, 1888–1904. In 1903 he was elected Bishop Coadjutor for the New York diocese and in 1908 succeeded Bishop Potter upon the latter's decease. He was replaced as rector of St. Bartholomew's Church by Dr. Leighton Parks.

Bishop Greer made himself known as an untiring personal worker in his parishes and his diocese, and as a believer in direct and unceremonious relationship between clergy and laymen. On January 14, 1915, he officiated at the society wedding of future bishop The Rev. G. Ashton Oldham to debutante Emily Pierrepont Gould at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

Following his death, the Hope Farm School in Dutchess County, New York, was renamed "Greer School".