The Rt. Rev. William Bacon Stevens (July 13, 1815 – June 11, 1887) was the fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Born on July 13, 1815, Stevens was educated at Phillips Academy, Andover and later studied medicine at Dartmouth College and the Medical College of South Carolina. After practicing medicine in Savannah, Georgia for five years, he served state historian of Georgia and at that time he began to study for the priesthood of the Episcopal Church. He was ordained deacon on February 28, 1843 and later to the priesthood on January 7, 1844. He briefly served as professor of moral philosophy at the University of Georgia prior to being called as the rector of St. Andrew's Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848. He received the Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was later elected assistant bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. He was consecrated on January 2, 1862 at St. Andrew's Church. Upon the death of The Rt. Rev'd Alonzo Potter in 1865, he become Bishop of Pennsylvania. He served in that office and as bishop of the American Episcopal churches in Europe until his death in 1887.
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