John Allin

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The Most Reverend
John Maury Allin
Church Episcopal Church
In office 1974-1985
Predecessor John E. Hines
Successor Edmond L. Browning
Personal details
Born (1921-04-22)April 22, 1921
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Died March 6, 1998(1998-03-06) (aged 76)
Nationality American
Previous post Bishop of Mississippi (1961-1974)

John Maury Allin (April 22, 1921 - March 6, 1998) was the 23rd presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.


He was born in Helena, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, and its divinity school, then called St. Luke's Seminary, in 1945. He earned a Master of Education degree in 1962 from Mississippi College. He was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1944 and a priest in 1945.

He was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi in 1961 and served until he was elected Presiding Bishop in 1974. A theological conservative, he was the last Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church to have opposed women's ordination and to be pro-life on abortion. He retired in 1985.[1]


Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
John Elbridge Hines
23rd Presiding Bishop
June 1, 1974 – December 31, 1985
Succeeded by
Edmond Lee Browning
Preceded by
Duncan Montgomery Gray, Sr.
6th Bishop of Mississippi
1961 – 1974
Succeeded by
Duncan Montgomery Gray, Jr.