Allen W. Brown

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Allen Webster Brown (1908-1990) was the fifth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany in the United States from 1961 to 1974, during turbulent times from the 1960s to the drafting of the new Book of Common Prayer.

Early life[edit]

Brown graduated from the Philadelphia Divinity School with his degree in divinity.[1] He was ordained a priest in 1934.[1] He worked at several parishes in the diocese of Albany in the 1940s, including in Hudson and Copake Falls,[2] before he became Dean of the Cathedral of All Saints [1][3] He was married to the former Helen Belshaw.[1]

Work as Bishop[edit]

Brown was elected Suffragan Bishop of Albany in October 1958,[1] to assist the incumbent, Frederick L. Barry, Bishop of Albany.[3][4] He was consecrated on February 22, 1959, at St. John's Church, Ogdensburg, by Arthur C. Lichtenberger, Presiding Bishop.[3] In 1960, Barry died in a hospital after some time in ill health, and the see was left vacant.[3][4] Brown was elected and consecrated bishop in 1961.[1][4] In 1963, he requested the election of a new Suffragan bishop; Charles Bowen Persell, Jr., his only close competitor in the 1958 race,[3] was thereafter elected.[4]

Brown travelled widely though the 19-county diocese to confirm parishioners, to ordain priests, and to preach.[5][6]

He retired as Bishop of Albany in 1974, and died in 1990 at the age of 81.[1][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Allen W. Brown, Bishop, 81". New York Times. January 24, 1990. Retrieved 7 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "History of St John in the Wilderness". St. John in the Wilderness. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Episcopate of Frederick Barry". Project Canterbury. Albany: Diocesan Book Store. 1962. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Episcopal Diocese of Albany - Our History". Episcopal Diocese of Albany. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  5. ^ website Page for Memorial Church of All Saints in Hainesville, NY. Retrieved January 9, 2009. Archived December 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Our History – St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Scotia, NY". St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 

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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Frederick L. Barry
5th Bishop of Albany
1961 – 1974
Succeeded by
Wilbur Hogg