Abraham Jarvis

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The Rt. Rev. Abraham Jarvis

Abraham Jarvis (May 5, 1739 – May 3, 1813) was the second American Episcopal bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and eighth in succession of bishops in the Episcopal Church. He was a high churchman and a loyalist to the crown.

Jarvis was born in Norwalk, Connecticut and graduated from Yale College in 1761. He studied under the Rev. Thomas Bradbury Chandler, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Elizabeth, N.J. He was ordained deacon on February 5, 1764, and priest on February 19, 1764, by the Church of England. He served as rector of Christ Church, Middletown, Connecticut, from 1764 to 1799.

Jarvis served as a chaplain to imprisoned Loyalist sympathizers during the American Revolution. He presided at a convention in New Haven, Connecticut, of clergy of Connecticut on July 23, 1776, which decided to suspend worship in the colony for fear of the British. He was one of ten Episcopal priests who met in Woodbury, Connecticut, on March 25, 1783, and elected Samuel Seabury as the first bishop of the Episcopal Church, serving as secretary of the meeting. Jarvis was consecrated second bishop of Connecticut on October 18, 1797. Completing his service in Middletown in 1799, he then served in Cheshire until 1803 and finally in New Haven, where he died. His remains are interred under the high altar at Trinity Church on the Green.[1]

Jarvis Hall, the oldest dormitory at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, is named after Abraham Jarvis.



  • "Sermon on the Death of Bishop Seabury," 1796

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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Samuel Seabury
2nd Bishop of Connecticut
May 5, 1739 – May 3, 1813
Succeeded by
Thomas Church Brownell