Peter Trimble Rowe

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The Right Reverend

Peter Trimble Rowe

Bishop of Alaska
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ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1895-1942
SuccessorJohn Boyd Bentley
OrdinationNovember 14, 1880
by Frederick Fauquier
ConsecrationNovember 30, 1895
by William Croswell Doane
Personal details
Born(1856-11-20)November 20, 1856
Meadowvale, Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada
DiedJune 1, 1942(1942-06-01) (aged 85)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
BuriedSitka, Alaska
ParentsPeter Rowe & Mary Elizabeth Trimble
SpouseDora Henriette Carry (1882-1914)
Rose H. Fullerton (1915-1942)
Alma materTrinity College, Toronto

Peter Trimble Rowe (November 20, 1856 - June 1, 1942) was a Canadian prelate 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 Meadowvale, Toronto Township, 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, 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.


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]