William Hobart Hare

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William Hobart Hare
Missionary Bishop of the Niobara, then South Dakota
Rt.Rev. William Hobart Hare
Born May 17, 1838
Princeton, New Jersey
Died October 23, 1909
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Honored in
Episcopal Church (USA)
Feast 17 May

William Hobart Hare (May 17, 1838–October 23, 1909) was an American bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church

Early Life[edit]

Son of Rev. George Emlen Hare, William Hobart Hare was born at Princeton, N. J., and educated at the University of Pennsylvania, although he never graduated nor attended seminary before his ordination as a deacon in 1859 and as a priest in 1862.[1]


He preached in Philadelphia at St. Luke's Episcopal Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood until 1863, when he moved to Minnesota, hoping the climate change would help his wife's heath. However, he returned to Philadelphia to take a position at the Church of the Ascension, then for three years, Hare served as the general agent of the foreign committee of the board of missions. In 1872 he was elected Missionary Bishop of Niobrara, named after the Niobara River in Nebraska. In 1883 that diocese was split, and Rt. Rev. har extended to include the State of South Dakota. He wrote several pamphlets on missionary work in the West.

One of the leading missionaries in America, Hare earned the title "the Apostle of the West" for his dedicated work in the rural Dakotas among pioneers and Native Americans.

Death and Legacy[edit]

Hare died in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His body was returned to South Dakota for burial outside his diocese's cathedral, although it was briefly reinterred .[2]

Hare is honored with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on May 17.


  1. ^ http://liturgyandmusic.wordpress.com/page/10
  2. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40426348

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