List of presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America

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This is a list of the Presiding Bishops of the Episcopal Church, USA. Initially the position of Presiding Bishop rotated geographically. After 1795 the Presiding Bishop was the senior bishop in order of consecration. Starting in 1926, the office became elective, the Presiding Bishop being chosen at General Convention by vote by all bishops, and approved by the House of Deputies. The office now has a nine-year term. Since 1938 the Presiding Bishop has been required to resign his or her former diocese after accepting election.

Presiding Bishop by seniority[edit]

# Presiding Bishop Image Took office Left office Diocese Length of term
1 White, WilliamWilliam White William White-Bishop Episcopal Church USA-1795.jpg July 28, 1789 October 3, 1789 Pennsylvania 0 years, 67 days
2 Seabury, SamuelSamuel Seabury Samuel Seabury-Bishop Episcopal Church USA.jpg October 5, 1789 September 8, 1792 Connecticut 2 years, 339 days
3 Provoost, SamuelSamuel Provoost Samuel Provoost-Bishop Episcopal Church USA.jpg September 13, 1792 September 8, 1795 New York 2 years, 360 days
4 White, WilliamWilliam White William White-Bishop Episcopal Church USA-1795.jpg September 8, 1795 July 17, 1836 Pennsylvania 40 years, 313 days
5 Griswold, Alexander VietsAlexander Viets Griswold AlexanderVietsGriswold.jpg July 17, 1836 February 15, 1843 Eastern 6 years, 213 days
6 Chase, PhilanderPhilander Chase Chase Philander-Bishop Episcopal Church USA.jpg February 15, 1843 September 20, 1852 Illinois 9 years, 218 days
7 Brownell, Thomas ChurchThomas Church Brownell Thomas Church Brownell (cropped).jpg September 20, 1852 January 13, 1865 Connecticut 12 years, 115 days
8 Hopkins, John HenryJohn Henry Hopkins JohnHenryHopkins.jpg January 13, 1865 January 9, 1868 Vermont 2 years, 361 days
9 Smith, BenjaminBenjamin Smith BBSmith (cropped).jpg January 9, 1868 May 31, 1884 Kentucky 16 years, 143 days
10 Lee, AlfredAlfred Lee BishopAlfredLee.jpg May 31, 1884 April 12, 1887 Delaware 2 years, 316 days
11 Williams, JohnJohn Williams BishopJohnWilliams.jpg April 12, 1887 February 7, 1899 Connecticut 11 years, 301 days
12 Clark, Thomas M.Thomas M. Clark ThomasMarchClark.jpg February 7, 1899 September 7, 1903 Rhode Island 4 years, 243 days
13 Tuttle, Daniel S.Daniel S. Tuttle D.S.Tuttle (cropped).jpg September 7, 1903 April 17, 1923 Missouri 19 years, 222 days
14 Garrett, Alexander CharlesAlexander Charles Garrett AlexanderCharlesGarrett2.jpg April 17, 1923 February 18, 1924 Dallas 0 years, 307 days
15 Talbot, EthelbertEthelbert Talbot EthelbertTalbot2.jpg February 18, 1924 January 1, 1926 Central Pennsylvania 1 year, 317 days

Presiding Bishop by election[edit]

# Presiding Bishop Image Took office Left office Previous diocese Length of term
16 Murray, John GardnerJohn Gardner Murray JGMurray.JPG January 1, 1926 October 3, 1929 Maryland 3 years, 275 days
17 Anderson, Charles P.Charles P. Anderson CharlesPalmerstonAnderson.JPG November 13, 1929 January 30, 1930 Chicago 0 years, 78 days
18 Perry, James De WolfJames De Wolf Perry JDPerry.jpg March 26, 1930 December 31, 1937 Rhode Island 7 years, 280 days
19 Tucker, Henry St. GeorgeHenry St. George Tucker HenryStGeorgeTucker.jpg January 1, 1938 December 31, 1946 Virginia 8 years, 364 days
20 Sherrill, Henry KnoxHenry Knox Sherrill January 1, 1947 November 14, 1958 Massachusetts 11 years, 317 days
21 Lichtenberger, Arthur C.Arthur C. Lichtenberger November 15, 1958 October 12, 1964 Missouri 5 years, 332 days
22 Hines, John E.John E. Hines January 1, 1965 May 31, 1974 Texas 9 years, 150 days
23 Allin, JohnJohn Allin June 1, 1974 December 31, 1985 Mississippi 9 years, 150 days
24 Browning, Edmond L.Edmond L. Browning January 1, 1986 December 31, 1997 Hawaii 11 years, 364 days
25 Griswold, Frank T.Frank T. Griswold January 1, 1998 November 1, 2006 Chicago 8 years, 304 days
26 Jefferts Schori, KatharineKatharine Jefferts Schori JeffertsSchori.JPG November 1, 2006 Nevada 8 years, 51 days

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