James Prince Lee
|The Right Reverend
James Prince Lee,
|Bishop of Manchester|
|Elected||11 November 1847|
|Installed||11 February 1848|
|Term ended||24 December 1869|
|Consecration||23 January 1848|
|Born||28 July 1804
|Died||24 December 1869 (aged 65)
Mauldeth Hall, Heaton Norris, Lancashire
|Buried||Heaton Mersey churchyard|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Parents||Stephen and Sarah Lee|
|Children||Two daughters: Sophia ; Susannah|
James Prince Lee, MA, DD (28 July 1804 – 24 December 1869) was an English clergyman and schoolmaster who became Chief Master of King Edward's School, Birmingham, and later the first Bishop of Manchester.
Born in London, he was educated at St Paul's School, London and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he displayed exceptional ability as a classical scholar, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1828; later graduating with a Master of Arts in 1831 and Doctor of Divinity in 1861. He married Susannah, elder daughter of George Penrice, of Elmbridge, Worcestershire, on 25 December 1830, and they had two daughters. After his ordination in the Anglican ministry in 1830, he served an assistant master under Dr Arnold at Rugby School, who thought highly of him. In 1837, he became Rector of Ayot St Peter, Hertfordshire, and in 1838 headmaster of King Edward's School, Birmingham, where he had among his pupils E. W. Benson, J. B. Lightfoot and B. F. Westcott. There is also a house named after him. He was also appointed an Honorary Canon of Worcester in 1847.
On 23 October 1847, he was nominated the first bishop of the newly constituted Anglican Diocese of Manchester by Queen Victoria, on the advice of Lord John Russell. His election took place on 17 November 1847, followed by consecration on 23 January 1848, and enthronment at Manchester Cathedral on 11 February 1848.
Lee's schoolmasterly manner was an irritation to his clergy. However, he carried out great work in church extension. During his twenty-one years' tenure of the see, he consecrated 130 churches. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1849. He took a foremost part in founding the Manchester free library in 1852, and bequeathed his own valuable collection of books to Owens College.
He died at his home, Mauldeth Hall, Stockport, in 1869, and was buried in Heaton Mersey churchyard. His memorial sermon was preached by the Rev. Edward Benson (afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury) and was published with biographical details by J. F. Wickenden and others.
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