John E. Hines

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John Elbridge Hines (October 3, 1910 - July 19, 1997) was a bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States. When he was elected the 22nd Presiding Bishop in 1965, at the age of 54, he was the youngest person to hold that office, which he held until 1974.[1][2]

Hines was born in Seneca, South Carolina. He graduated from the University of the South and Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. At age 26, he attacked racism in Georgia and started his lifelong defense of those who lacked political, social, economic and educational opportunities. Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa said Hines' movement to divest church-held assets in that nation played an important role in the demise of apartheid.[1]

Hines was rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas from 1941-45.[3] He was consecrated as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas on October 18, 1945,[4] and in 1955 became diocesan bishop.[2] During retirement, he preached most summers at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers, North Carolina. He died in Austin, Texas.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Saxon, Wolfgang (1997-07-22). "John E. Hines, Episcopal Leader, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b "A Brief History of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas". Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Christ Church Cathedral History". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Christ Church Cathedral Music History". Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
Arthur C. Lichtenberger
22nd Presiding Bishop
January 1, 1965 – May 31, 1974
Succeeded by
John Maury Allin
Preceded by
Clinton Simon Quin
4th Bishop of Texas
Succeeded by
James Milton Richardson