John Boyd Bentley

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John Boyd Bentley
Bishop of Alaska
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ChurchEpiscopal Church
ElectedOctober 9, 1943
In office1943–1948
PredecessorPeter Trimble Rowe
SuccessorWilliam Gordon
OrdinationJune 1929
by Henry St. George Tucker
ConsecrationSeptember 29, 1931
by James De Wolf Perry
Personal details
Born(1896-02-09)February 9, 1896
DiedJune 12, 1989(1989-06-12) (aged 93)
Hampton, Virginia, United States
ParentsCharles Headley Bentley & Susan Elizabath Cake
Elvira Wenworth Carr
(m. 1921)
Previous post(s)Suffragan Bishop of Alaska (1931-1943)
Alma materCollege of William & Mary

John Boyd Bentley (February 9, 1896 – June 12, 1989) was the second bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska. He served as diocesan from 1943 to 1948.

Early life and education[edit]

Bentley was born in Hampton, Virginia on February 9, 1896, to Charles Headley Bentley and Susan Elizabeth Cake. He was educated in Hampton High School and the United States Army Field Artillery School. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1919. He acquired a doctorate in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1932 and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from General Theological Seminary in 1948.


Bentley was ordained deacon in 1922 by Peter Trimble Rowe, the Bishop of Alaska. His first appointment was as a missionary at Christ Church in Anvik, Alaska where he served between 1921 and 1925. In 1926 he returned to Virginia and served as assistant at Bruton Parish Church. In June 1929 he was ordained priest by Henry St. George Tucker, Bishop of Virginia. He remained in Williamsburg until 1930 when he was appointed Archdeacon of the Yukon.[1]


On September 25, 1931, he was elected Suffragan Bishop of Alaska by the House of Bishops in a sessions of the General Convention in Denver, Colorado.[2] He was consecrated by Presiding Bishop James De Wolf Perry on September 29, 1931, in the Cathedral of St. John in the Wilderness in Denver, Colorado. His co-consecrators were Bishop Peter Trimble Rowe of Alaska and Bishop Arthur C. Thompson of Southern Virginia. He was presented by Bishop Henry St. George Tucker of Virginia and Bishop Robert Carter Jett of Southwestern Virginia. Upon Bishop Rowe's death in June 1942, Bentley was appointed as Bishop-in-charge until a successor could be elected. In 1943 he was elected as Rowe's successor. He remained Bishop of Alaska until 1948 when he was appointed vice president of the Episcopal Church Executive Council and director of the overseas department, a post he held until 1964.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Bentley married Elvira Wenworth Carr on May 29, 1921. He died in Hampton, Virginia in 1989.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bishop Bantley of Alaska", The Living Church. Retrieved on 04 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Bentley, John Boyd", The Living Church Annual. Retrieved on 04 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Bishops of Alaska", Diocese of Alaska. Retrieved on 04 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Guide to the John Boyd Bentley autographed letters", Consortium Library. Retrieved on 04 September 2018.

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