Arthur C. Lichtenberger

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The Most Reverend
Arthur C. Lichtenberger
21st Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
Arthur Carl Lichtenberger.jpg
Church Episcopal Church
In office 1958-1964
Predecessor Henry Knox Sherrill
Successor John E. Hines
Ordination 21 November 1926
Consecration 1951
Personal details
Born (1900-01-08)January 8, 1900
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Died September 3, 1968(1968-09-03) (aged 68)
Bethel, Vermont, USA
Nationality American
Previous post Bishop of Missouri (1951-1958)

Arthur Carl Lichtenberger (January 8, 1900—September 3, 1968) was a bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States. He served as Bishop of Missouri from 1952 to 1959, and as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church from 1958 to 1964.

Lichtenberger was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where his father ran a grocery store.[1] He attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he played quarterback on the football team.[2] He graduated from Kenyon with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1923, and then entered the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3] He earned his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1925, and did his postgraduate work at the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan.[1] He was ordained a deacon on March 21, 1925, and a priest on November 21, 1926.[3]

He began his ministry as missionary professor of New Testament at St. Paul's Divinity School in Wuchang. In 1928 he returned to the U.S. to be rector of Grace Church in Cincinnati, Ohio for five years, then rector of St. Paul's Church in Brookline, Massachusetts, for eight years.

After serving as dean of Trinity Cathedral in Newark, New Jersey he went back to teaching as professor of pastoral theology at General Theological Seminary in New York City. He was the Bishop of Missouri from 1951 until he was elected the Presiding Bishop in 1958. In 1956 he assumed the chairmanship of an Episcopal delegation studying the problems of the Church of South India.

In 1963 Princeton University gave him an honorary degree in Doctor of Divinity.

He died in Bethel, Vermont.

See also[edit]

List of Presiding Bishops in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America

Succession of Bishops of The Episcopal Church (U.S.)


  1. ^ a b "New P.B.". TIME Magazine. 1958-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Bishop Hines: Apostle of Equality". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 1964-10-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Arthur Lichtenberger". Episcopal Church of the United States.

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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Henry Knox Sherrill
21st Presiding Bishop
November 15, 1958 – October 12, 1964
Succeeded by
John Elbridge Hines
Preceded by
William Scarlett
Bishop of Missouri
Succeeded by
George Cadigan