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Theodore Dehon Edit Profile

Clergyman

Theodore Dehon was the second bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.

Background

Dehon, Theodore was born on December 8, 1776 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Education

Graduated from Harvard, 1795. Studied theology Trinity College Ordained deacon Protestant Episcopal Ch.

Career

He was ordained deacon by Bishop Edward Bass in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on December 24, 1797, and the next month began his call as rector of Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island. He was ordained priest on October 9, 1800. After paying a visit to South Carolina he was offered positions in Charleston, but demurred until 1810, when he accepted a position as rector of St. Michael's Church, Charleston.

He was elected diocesan bishop in February 1812 and was consecrated on October 15, 1812. After the General Convention in New York City in 1817, he returned to Charleston but contracted yellow fever, dying August 6. He was buried at St. Michael's Church.

His writings met with some posthumous success. This amiable man and truly Christian Bishop was born in Boston, and graduated at Cambridge in 1795. He succeeded Bishop Robert Smith, who died in 1801, but not immediately, but in 1812.

Consecrators \r\n William White, 1st bishop of Pennsylvania and 1st and 4th Presiding Bishop\r\n Abraham Jarvis, 2nd bishop of Connecticut\r\n John Henry Hobart, 3rd bishop of New York.

Achievements

  • To a suavity of manners, correct elocution, and a soul of devotion, he added the purity and best accomplishments of life, a just taste, and an excellent judgement, with an extensive knowledge of the duties and the studies of his profession.".