Gregory T. Bedell

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Bishop Bedell

Gregory Thurston Bedell (August 27, 1817 – March 11, 1892) was the third Episcopal Bishop of Ohio.

Early life[edit]

Bedell was born in Hudson, New York in 1817, the son of Rev. Gregory Townsend Bedell of Staten Island and his wife, Penelope Thurston Bedell.[1] While an infant, Bedell's family moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina.[2] In 1822, they moved again, to Philadelphia where his father became the rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.[2] Bedell attended Bristol College, graduating in 1836, and the Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating in 1840.[3]

Bedell was ordained deacon that same year by his great-uncle, Bishop Richard Channing Moore, and was ordained priest by the same bishop in 1841.[4] After his ordination to the priesthood, he served as rector of Church of the Holy Trinity in West Chester, Pennsylvania.[4] Two years later, Bedell moved to Church of the Ascension in New York City, where he remained until his elevation to the episcopate.[3] While there, Bedell earned a doctorate of divinity from Norwich University.[3] In 1845, Bedell married Julia Strong.[1] They had three children, all of whom died in infancy.[1]

Bishop of Ohio[edit]

Bedell was consecrated assistant Bishop of Ohio in 1859. He was the 67th bishop in the ECUSA, and was consecrated in St. Paul's Church, Richmond, Virginia by Bishops William Meade, Charles Pettit McIlvaine, and John Johns, along with other co-consecrators.[5] He served as assistant bishop for fourteen years and, during the American Civil War, preached loyalty to the Union. When Bishop McIlvaine died in 1873, Bedell succeeded him as the third Bishop of Ohio.[5] In 1875, the diocese was divided into northern and southern parts, and Bedell remained bishop of the northern part, which retained the name "Ohio".[6] Theologically, Bedell leaned toward the evangelical side of the Episcopal Church, in contrast to the growing Tractarian movement.[3]

Bedell resigned his duties in 1889, owing to physical infirmity, and died in 1892.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Dwight, 711
  2. ^ a b Magazine of Western History, 405
  3. ^ a b c d e Perry, 143
  4. ^ a b Batterson, 192
  5. ^ a b Batterson, 193
  6. ^ Appelton's, v.1, 215