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Thomas Church Brownell.

Thomas Church Brownell (1779-1865) was founder of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church from 1852 until his death.

Brownell was born in Westport, Massachusetts on Oct. 19, 1779. He studied at Union College, Schenectady, New York, receiving his degree in 1804. He was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood by Bishop John Henry Hobart. He was consecrated Bishop of Connecticut in New Haven on October 27, 1819. Brownell's extensive writings include diocesan charges, liturgical material, scriptural commentaries and other works. He founded Trinity College, Hartford, where a bronze statue of him now stands.

Brownell served as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church from 1852 until his death, succeeding Philander Chase.


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