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William Samuel Bishop


William Samuel Bishop, American theologian. Member Phi Beta Kappa, 1886, Delta Phi, S.A.R., Society Descendants of Colonial governments.


Bishop, William Samuel was born on August 26, 1865 in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of George Sayles and Hannah More (Williston) Bishop.


Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1887, A.M., 1891. New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, General Theological Seminary, Bachelor of Divinity, 1894, Doctor of Divinity, 1903. Studied University of Oxford, England, 1903.


Deacon, 1891, priest, 1891, Protestant Episcopal Church. In charge Christ (now St. Barnabas’) Church, Denver, 1891-1892, St. Barnabas’ Church, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 1892-1894. Curate St. John’s Chapel, Trinity Parish, New York City, 1894-1902.

Professor dogmatic theology and philosophy, University of South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1902-1913. Rector’s assistant Grace Church, Orange New Jersey. Vicar St. Thomas Church, Washington, District of Columbia, 1929-1935, vicar emeritus since 1935.

Chaplain of the National Cathedral School for Girls, 1921-1923. Examining chaplain Diocese of Washington, 1923-1935. Director Society for Home Study of Holy Scripture, 1929-1936, president, 1939-1943.

Secretary Sewanee Summer School of Theology, 1904-1906. Lecturer dogmatic theology, General Theological Seminary, 1908. Lecturer College of Preachers, Washington, 1932-1933.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Development of Trinitarian Doctrine in the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds, 1910. Spirit and Personality, 1923. The Theology of Personality, 1926.The Gospel of Divine Personality, 1928. Christ and the Spirit, 1941.


Member Phi Beta Kappa, 1886, Delta Phi, S.A.R., Society Descendants of Colonial governments.


Married Mary Eliza Luttrell, June 17, 1907.

George Sayles Bishop

Hannah More (Williston) Bishop

Mary Eliza Luttrell