Edward L. Parsons

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The Right Reverend

Edward Lambe Parsons

Bishop of California
ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1924-1940
PredecessorWilliam Ford Nichols
SuccessorKarl M. Block
Ordination9 June 1895
Consecration5 November 1919
by William Ford Nichols
Personal details
Born(1868-05-18)May 18, 1868
New York City, New York, United States
DiedJuly 19, 1960(1960-07-19) (aged 92)
San Francisco, California, United States
ParentsArthur Wellesley & Helen Clement White
SpouseBertha de Forest Brush
Alma materYale University

Edward Lambe Parsons (18 May 1868 – 19 July 1960)[1] was the third bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California.


He received his B.A. from Yale College in 1889. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1894, and to the priesthood in 1895. Parsons served as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of California from 1919 to 1924, and as diocesan bishop from 1924-1940.[1] After retiring from his position with the church, he joined the Northern California American Civil Liberties Union board of directors, serving as chairman from 1941 to 1956 and remaining on the board for the rest of his life.[2]

He was a member of the University Club of San Francisco. He married Bertha de Forest Brush on May 18, 1897, and had four children.[3] He died in San Francisco in 1960, at age 92.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Parsons, Edward Lambe". The Episcopal Church. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b Yogi, Stan. "Edward L. Parsons". Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  3. ^ Lewis Francis Byington, History of San Francisco (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1931) Vol. 2, pp. 106-110.