Provoost, Samuel was born on March 9, 1743 in New York City. Son of John and Eve (Rutgers) Provost.
Graduate King’s College (now Columbia), 1758. Fellow-commoner St. Peter’s College, Cambrdge (England) University, 1761. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, University of Pennsylvania, 1786.
Ordained deacon Protestant Episcopal Church, 1766, priest, 1776. Assistant minister Trinity Church, New York City, circa 1771. Accepted invitation to officiate at St. Paul’s and St. George’s chapels Trinity Parish, New York, 1784.
Appointed regent U. State New York, 1784. Chaplain Continental Congress, 1785. Elected 1st bishop New York City, 1786, consecrated by Archbishop of Canterbury, 1787.
Officiated at confirmation service at St. Peter’s Church, Perth Amboy, 1st held in New Jersey, 1788. Conducted service at St. Paul’s Chapel following Washington’s inauguration, 1789. Chaplain United States Senate, 1789.
Chairman of Commission which drafted constitution of Church, responsible for necessary changes in prayer book following establishment of the Church as American entity. Presided over Episcopal General Convention, 1801.
Married Maria Bousfield, June 8, 1766, 4 children.