Henry P. Northrop

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Henry Pinckney Northrop
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Born (1842-05-05)May 5, 1842
Died June 7, 1916(1916-06-07) (aged 74)

Henry Pinckney Northrop (May 5, 1842 – June 7, 1916) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Vicar Apostolic of North Carolina (1882-1888) and Bishop of Charleston (1883-1916).

Biography[edit]

Henry Northrop was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to Claudian Byrd and Hannah Eliza (née Anderson) Northrop.[1] He received his early education at Georgetown College in Washington, D.C. from 1853 to 1856.[2] He then studied at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from where he graduated in 1860.[2] He attended the theological seminary for four years before continuing his studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood on June 25, 1865.[3]

Following his return to the United States that year, he served as a curate at the Church of the Nativity in New York City until 1866, when he returned to Charleston and became a curate at St. Joseph's Church.[1] He was a missionary in New Bern, North Carolina (1868-1872), assistant rector of St. John's Cathedral and pastor of Sullivan's Island (1872-1877), and pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Charleston (1877-1882).[2]

On September 16, 1881, Northrop was appointed the second Vicar Apostolic of North Carolina and Titular Bishop of Rosalia by Pope Leo XIII.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on January 8, 1882 at the Baltimore Cathedral from Cardinal James Gibbons, with Bishops John Joseph Keane and Thomas Albert Andrew Becker serving as co-consecrators.[3] In addition to his duties in North Carolina, he was named the fourth Bishop of Charleston on January 27, 1883.[3] He later resigned his charge as Vicar Apostolic on February 4, 1888, while remaining Bishop of Charleston.[3] Northrop later died at age 74.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Johnson, Rossiter, ed. (1904). The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. VIII. John Howard Brown. Boston: The Biographical Society. 
  2. ^ a b c The Memorial Volume: A History of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore. Baltimore: The Baltimore Publishing Company. 1885. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Henry Pinckney Northrop". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
James Gibbons
Vicar Apostolic of North Carolina
1882—1888
Succeeded by
Leo Michael Haid
Preceded by
Patrick Neeson Lynch
Bishop of Charleston
1883—1916
Succeeded by
William Thomas Russell