Richard Channing Moore

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The Right Reverend

Richard Channing Moore
Bishop of Virginia
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ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1814–1841
PredecessorJames Madison
SuccessorWilliam Meade
Consecration18 May 1814
Personal details
Born(1762-04-21)April 21, 1762
DiedNovember 11, 1841(1841-11-11) (aged 79)
Lynchburg, Virginia
BuriedHollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
ParentsThomas Moore, II (1722 - (19-Jun-1784) m. 1744 Elizabeth Channing (1728 - 7-Dec-1805); Thomas was a Vestryman of Trinity Church 1750-62, 1779-84.
SpouseChristian Jones (1784 - April 20, 1796, her death)
Sarah Mersereau (March 23, 1797 - August 1824, her death)
Children5 with Christian
6 with Sarah
OccupationPhysician, clergyman

Richard Channing Moore (August 21, 1762 – November 11, 1841) was the second bishop of the Diocese of Virginia (1814–1841).

Life and career[edit]

Moore was born in Manhattan. His classical education at King's College began at age eight, but was interrupted when his family moved to West Point, New York during the American Revolutionary war. After an experiment with life at sea, he began at age 16 to study medicine under Richard Bayley in New York; he practiced medicine until 1787.[1][2]

Moore married Christian Jones (1769 - April 20, 1796) of New York in 1784, who bore him five children. After her death he married Sarah Mersereau of Staten Island on March 23, 1797, who bore him six more before dying in August 1824. Bishop Samuel Provoost ordained him to the diaconate in July, 1787, at St. George's Church. In September 1787 he was admitted to the priesthood. He was rector of Grace Church, Rye, New York until 1788. He then served as rector of St. Andrew's, Staten Island (1789–1809), St. Stephen's, New York (1809–1814), and Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia, from October 1814 until November 1841. St. Stephens had about thirty families when he arrived, and more than four hundred communicants when he resigned.[3]

Moore was a delegate to the May, 1808, General Convention where he served on a committee that added to the hymnal He was president of the Virginia branch of the American Bible Society. He led the diocese during the formation of the Virginia Theological Seminary.[1]

Moore was elected bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, succeeding James Madison, and consecrated May 18, 1814, in St. James's Church, Philadelphia. Richard Channing Moore was the 14th bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Virginia was extremely weak when Moore became bishop. During his tenure it strengthened greatly, with a major increase in clergy and membership.

Moore died in Lynchburg, Virginia while visiting parishes in the diocese, and is buried at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.



  1. ^ a b Goodwin, William Archer Rutherfoord (June 4, 1914). Richard Chaning Moore, D.D., Second Bishop of Virginia, and The Beginnings of the Theological Seminary in Virginia. Virginia Theological Seminary Alumni Association. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  2. ^ "Richard Channing Moore." Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Gale Biography in Context; accessed 2011-05-22 Gale Document Number: GALE|BT2310007218.
  3. ^ Hall, Charles C. "Early Life of Richard Channing Moore". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  • The Episcopal Church Annual. New York, NY: Morehouse Publishing. 2005.

Further reading[edit]

  • Goodwin, W. A. R. (1923). Goodwin, William Archer Rutherfoord, ed. History of the Theological seminary in Virginia and its historical background (Centennial ed.). New York: E.S. Gorham. LCCN 23016413.
  • Henshaw, John Prentiss Kewley (1842). Memoir of the Life of the Rt. Rev. Richard Channing Moore, D. D., Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia. Philadelphia: W. Stavely.
  • Moore, Richard Channing (1791). A Sermon Delivered in Trinity Church on the 11th Day of October, before the Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New-York. New-York: T. and J. Swords.
  • Moore, Richard Channing (1820). The doctrines of the church. A sermon preached in St. James's church, Philadelphia, at the opening of the General convention of the Protestant Episcopal church, Wednesday, May 17, 1820. Philadelphia: William Fry, printer. LCCN 25022632.
  • Moore, Richard Channing (1834). Bishop Moore's Address at the Laying of the Corner-stone of the Church of the Epiphany, August 26, 1833. New York: Protestant Episcopal Press.
Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
James Madison
2nd Bishop of Virginia
1814 – 1841
Succeeded by
William Meade