William Edmond Armitage
William Edmond Armitage (September 6, 1830 – December 7, 1873) was a clergyman of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Born in the City of New York, he graduated from Columbia College in 1849 and the General Theological Seminary in 1852. He was ordained Deacon in the Church of the Transfiguration, New York on June 27, 1852 by Bishop Carleton Chase and Priest in St. Mark's, Augusta, Maine on September 27, 1854 by Bishop George Burgess.
Armitage's first position was as assistant at St. John's, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was then called to St. Mark's, Augusta Maine until called to be rector of St. John's, Detroit, Michigan, where he was when elected to the episcopate. He received his doctorate in divinity from Columbia College in 1866.
Armitage was ordained consecrated coadjutor bishop of Wisconsin in St John's, Detroit on December 6, 1866 by Bishops Kemper, McCoskry, H. W. Lee, Whipple, J. C. Talbot, Coxe, Clarkson, Kerfoot, and Cummins, together with the bishop of Huron, Canada, Dr. Cronyn. He was Coadjutor Bishop to Jackson Kemper (1866–1870) and on the death of Kemper served as the second Bishop of Wisconsin (1870–1873). He died in St. Luke's Hospital, New York, Dec. 7, 1873 and his remains are buried in Detroit, Michigan at Elmwood Cemetery.
Armitage was a scholar, a polished writer, an earnest preacher, a wise administrator.
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