David H. Greer

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The Right Reverend
David H. Greer
8th Bishop of New York
David Hummell Greer, undated.jpg
Church Episcopal Church
Predecessor Henry C. Potter
Successor Charles Sumner Burch
Personal details
Born 20 March 1844
Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
Died May 19, 1919(1919-05-19) (aged 75)
Nationality American

David Hummell Greer (March 20, 1844 – May 19, 1919) was an American Protestant Episcopal bishop.


He was born in Wheeling, Virginia, (now West Virginia), graduated from Washington College (Pa.) in 1862, and studied at the Protestant Episcopal Seminary, Gambier, Ohio. Ordained a priest in 1868, he was rector successively at Covington, Kentucky (1868–1871), Providence, Rhode Island (1871–1888), and New York City at St. Bartholomew's Church, 1888–1904.

In 1903 he was elected Bishop Coadjutor for the New York diocese and in 1908 succeeded Bishop Potter upon the latter's decease. He was replaced as rector of St. Bartholomew's Church by Dr. Leighton Parks.

Bishop Greer made himself known as an untiring personal worker in his parishes and his diocese, and as a believer in direct and unceremonious relationship between clergy and laymen.

On January 14, 1915, he officiated at the society wedding of future bishop The Rev. G. Ashton Oldham to debutante Emily Pierrepont Gould at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.[1]

Following his death, the Hope Farm School in Dutchess County, New York, was renamed "Greer School".


  • Moral Power of History (1890)
  • From Things to God (1893)
  • The Preacher and his Place (1895)
  • Visions (1898)


  1. ^ "Numerous Entertainments for the Debutantes", New-York Tribune, December 20, 1914, Page 8. Found at Library of Congress website. Retrieved July 31, 2012.

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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Henry C. Potter
Bishop of New York
Succeeded by
Charles S. Burch