Peter Trimble Rowe

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Rowe, second from left in the front row, standing next to William Duncan, to his left, in 1918. Duncan, late in his life, was presented with a loving cup on this occasion.

Peter Trimble Rowe (November 20, 1856 – June 1, 1942) was a Canadian priest who served for decades as the first bishop of the American Episcopal Diocese of Alaska.

Early life and education[edit]

Peter Rowe was born in Meadowville, Ontario, Canada. He attended local schools and went to Trinity College, Toronto. There he earned his Bachelor's degree in 1878, his Master's degree in 1880, and his doctorate of divinity in 1895.


Rowe was ordained to the diaconate in 1878 and the priesthood in 1880, by Frederick Dawson Fauquier, bishop of the Diocese of Algoma.

In 1895 he was appointed Missionary Bishop of Alaska. He was consecrated on November 30, 1895 by William Croswell Doane, Ozi William Whittaker, and Thomas A. Starkey.

Rowe traveled across his vast diocese for decades, by dogsled, boat and other frontier means. He gained many admirers, among whom was his colleague Hudson Stuck, Archdeacon of the Yukon. Stuck praised Rowe's dedication in his three books published to combat exploitation of the native peoples among whom they served.

Rowe died in Victoria, British Columbia in 1942.[citation needed]