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Clergyman

Geoffrey Francis Fisher was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1945 to 1961.

Background

Geoffrey Fisher was born on May 5, 1887 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire and grew up in Higham on the Hill, Leicestershire.

Education

He was educated at Marlborough College and Exeter College, Oxford, and in 1911 graduated from Wells Theological College.

Career

He was an assistant master at Marlborough College for three years, in 1913 became a priest, and in 1914 was headmaster of Repton School in Derbyshire (1914–32),

He was successively bishop of Chester (1932), bishop of London (1939). He was active in fostering cooperation among the Christian churches, and in 1941 sponsored the Diocesan Reorganization measure.

He was appointed Primate of all England in January 1945, and in April was enthroned as the 97th Archbishop of Canterbury, succeeding Dr. William Temple.

After World War II he devoted a large part of his energies to raising funds for the restoration of Canterbury Cathedral, which had suffered extensive bomb damage during World War II.

In 1960 he made an official visit to Pope John XXIII at the Vatican; he was the first Primate of all England to make such a visit since the reign of Henry VIII.

Fisher retired in 1961.

Achievements

  • Fisher put considerable effort into the task of revising the Church of England's canon law.

    As archbishop, he was the first to travel world-wide in the Anglican Communion and the first since the Reformation to visit the pope.

Connections

Fisher married daughter of Arthur Forman, who was a Repton master and Derbyshire cricketer.