Frederic Dan Huntington

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Frederic Dan Huntington circa 1900

Frederic (or Frederick) Dan Huntington (May 28, 1819, Hadley, Massachusetts – July 11, 1904, Hadley, Massachusetts) was an American clergyman and the first Protestant Episcopal bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.


He graduated at Amherst College in 1839 and at the Harvard Divinity School in 1842. In 1843 he married Hannah Sargent, the sister of Epes Sargent. From 1842 to 1855 he was pastor of the South Congregational Church of Boston,[1] and in 1855-1860 as preacher to the university and Plummer professor of Christian Morals at Harvard; he then left the Unitarian Church, with which his father had been connected as a clergyman at Hadley, resigned his professorship and became pastor of the newly established Emmanuel Church of Boston.

Rev. Huntington founded the St. John's School, a military school, in 1869 in Manlius, New York and was its president until his death in 1904. In the 1920s, St. John's became known as the renowned military school, The Manlius School.

He had refused the bishopric of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine when in 1868 he was elected to the Diocese of Central New York. He was consecrated on April 9, 1869, and thereafter lived in Syracuse. He died in Hadley, Massachusetts on July 11, 1904, aged 85.

His more important publications were Lectures on Human Society (1860); Memorials of a Quiet Life (1874); and The Golden Rule applied to Business and Social Conditions (1892). From 1845 to 1858 he was the editor of The Monthly Religious Magazine, a Unitarian review.

His ancestral family home, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House in Hadley, is a historic house museum open seasonally.


N.B.: 93rd bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Boston Pulpit". Gleasons Pictorial (Boston, Mass.) 5. 1853. 
  • The Episcopal Church Annual. Morehouse Publishing: New York, NY (2005).

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Christian Believing and Living: Sermons by Frederic Dan Huntington (Harvard, 1860), Original from Harvard, digitized by google books on Oct. 19, 2006.
  • Memoir and Letters of Frederic Dan Huntington (Boston, 1906), by Arria S Huntington, his daughter.
  • Elim: or, Hymns of Holy Refreshment edited by the Rev. F.D. Huntington. Boston: Dutton, 1865.

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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
1st Bishop of Central New York
1869 – 1904
Succeeded by
Charles T. Olmstead