George Sumner

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George Henry Sumner (3 July 1824 – 11 December 1909) was the Suffragan Bishop of Guildford[1] at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Born on 3 July 1824 into an ecclesiastical family [2] and educated at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford,[3] he was ordained to the priesthood in 1847.[4] His first position was a curacy in Crawley after which he was the rector of Old Alresford and then the Archdeacon of Winchester before his ordination to the episcopate,[5] 9 years after the death of his predecessor John Sutton Utterton.[6]

Sumner died on 11 December 1909. His wife, Mary Sumner, was the founder of the Mothers’ Union.


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  2. ^ His father was Bishop of Winchester from 1827 until 1869 > “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ The Times, 12 November 1892; pg. 10; Issue 33794; col F University Intelligence. Oxford, Nov. 11
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  5. ^ Consecration of Bishops The Times, 1 December 1888; pg. 11; Issue 32558; col
  6. ^ There was a gap of 9 years between Utterton's death in 1879 and his appointment > Sudden Death Of The Bishop Of Guildford The Times Monday, Dec 22, 1879; pg. 6; Issue 29757; col E

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Church of England titles
Title last held by
John Sutton Utterton
Bishop of Guildford
1888 –1909
Succeeded by
John Hugh Granville Randolph