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Bishop John Henry Hopkins

Male 1792 - 1868  (75 years)


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  • Name Bishop John Henry Hopkins  [1
    Alternate birth 22 Jan 1792  Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Born 30 Jan 1792  Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death 9 Jan 1868  Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Died 10 Jan 1868  Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried Rock Point Cemetery, Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I22966  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 25 Jan 2019 

    Father Thomas Hopkins 
    Mother Elizabeth Fitzakerly,   b. Abt 1774,   d. 10 Aug 1833, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married Apr 1791  [5
    Family ID F13849  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Melusina Müller,   b. 15 May 1795, Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1884, Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 8 May 1816  Harmony, Butler, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    Children 
    +1. Charlotte Emily Hopkins,   b. 4 May 1817, Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1856, St. Albans, Franklin, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F13830  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • First bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont; eighth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. Also an artist, lawyer, ironmonger, musician, and architect--he is said to have introduced Gothic architecture to the United States. He was also an accomplished racist.

      "He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and came to the United States in 1800. Educated privately, he began work in 1813 as a superintendent of ironworks near Pittsburgh. Although not yet ordained, he was called in 1823 as rector of Calvary Church, Pittsburgh, where he was temporary organist. He was ordained deacon on Dec. 14, 1823, and priest on May 12, 1824. Hopkins became assistant minister at Trinity Church, Boston, in 1831, and was elected the first Bishop of Vermont. He served as bishop from his consecration on Oct. 31, 1832, until his death. He served as Presiding Bishop from Jan. 13, 1865, until he died. Hopkins was a prolific writer and controversialist. In Slavery: Its Religious Sanction (1851) he argued that slavery had a divine warrant. After the Civil War, Hopkins as Presiding Bishop welcomed the return of the southern dioceses and helped to end the division that was caused by the war. The Law of Ritualism (1866) was influential in the eventual acceptance in most Episcopal parishes of such liturgical customs as eucharistic vestments and altar candles. He died in Burlington." [www.episcopalchurch.org]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2959] Arthur Wilmot Ackerman and Harold Clark Durrell, "Memoirs of Deceased Members of the New England Historic Genealogical Society." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 83:330, Jul 1929.

    2. [S2970] John Henry Hopkins III, "John Henry Hopkins, First Bishop of Vermont." Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church 6:187, June 1937.

    3. [S2968] Find a Grave page for Rev John Henry Hopkins.

    4. [S2967] "Marriages and Deaths." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 22:354, July 1868., year and place only.

    5. [S2969] The Life of the Late Right Reverend John Henry Hopkins, First Bishop of Vermont, and Seventh Presiding Bishop by John Henry Hopkins, Jr. New York: F. J. Huntington and Co., 1873.

    6. [S2967] "Marriages and Deaths." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 22:354, July 1868.

    7. [S2968] Find a Grave page for Rev John Henry Hopkins., date only.