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Hiram Abiff Boaz


Hiram Abiff Boaz, American bishop. Member Methodist Ecumenical Conference, London, 1921.; Member Society Colonial Wars (Virginia), Kappa Alpha, Theta Phi.; Mason (York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shriner).


Boaz, Hiram Abiff was born on December 18, 1866 in Murray, Kentucky, United States. Son of Peter Maddox and Louisa Ann (Ryan) Boaz.


Educated Sam Houston State Normal School, Huntsville, Texas, 1885-1887. Bachelor of Science, Southwestern U., Georgetown, Texas, 1893, Master of Arts, 1894, Doctor of Laws, 1935. Studied Columbia, 1915-1917.

Doctor of Divinity, Kentucky Wesleyan College, 1906. Doctor of Laws, Centenary College, 1926, Southern Methodist U., 1938.


Ordained ministry Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1891. Pastor Mulkey Memorial Church, Fort Worth, Texas, 1894-1897, 1st Church, Abilene, Texas, 1897-1899, 1st Church, Dublin, Texas, 1899-1902. President Polytechnic College, Fort Worth, 1902-1911.

Vice president Southern Methodist U., Dallas, 1911-1913. President Texas Woman’s College, Fort Worth, 1913-1918. Secretary Church Extension Board, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1918-1920.

President Southern Methodist U., 1920-1922. Elected bishop Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1922, and assigned to superintend church work in China, Japan, Siberia and Manchuria. In charge Arkansas and Oklahoma Confs. of Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1926-1930, Texas, N. Texas and N.W. Texas Confs., 1930-1934.

W. Texas, Central Texas, N.W. Texas, New Mexico and Texas Mexican Confs., 1934-1938. Retired from active service, May 1938.


Member Methodist Ecumenical Conference, London, 1921. Member Society Colonial Wars (Virginia), Kappa Alpha, Theta Phi. Mason (York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shriner).

Clubs: Dallas Country.


Married Carrie Odalie Browne, October 2, 1894. Children: Ruth (Mistress C. A. Penniman), Edith (Mistress Prentiss M. Terry), Mary Louise (Mistress Graham Hall).

Peter Maddox Boaz

Louisa Ann (Ryan) Boaz

Carrie Odalie Browne

Mary Louise Boaz (Mistress Graham Hall)

Ruth Boaz (Mistress C. A. Penniman)

Edith Boaz (Mistress Prentiss M. Terry)