Samuel Parker (bishop of Massachusetts)

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The Right Reverend
Samuel Parker
Bishop of Massachusetts.
Rev. Samuel Parker, Episcopal.jpg
Church Episcopal Church
Personal details
Born (1744-08-17)August 17, 1744
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died December 6, 1804(1804-12-06) (aged 60)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Parents William Parker
and Elizabeth Parker
Spouse Anne Parker
Children 15
Occupation Episcopal Bishop
Alma mater Harvard

Samuel Parker (August 17, 1744 – December 6, 1804) was an American Episcopal Bishop. He was the second bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

Education and Ordination[edit]

Parker was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the son of William Parker, a lawyer and judge during the American Revolution.[1] He graduated from Harvard University in 1764, and taught for several years.

After being offered a job as assistant rector of Trinity Church, Boston, he was ordained deacon and priest in London in February 1774. He began as assistant rector at Trinity in November 1774, becoming rector in 1779. After the Revolution, he helped build churches with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

In 1803, Parker was unanimously elected second bishop of Massachusetts. He was consecrated September 16, 1804, in Trinity Church, New York, but developed gout and never served in the post. He died in Boston on December 6, 1804.


Parker was the 10th bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church.


  • Annual Election Sermon before the Legislature of Massachusetts (1793)
  • Sermon for the Benefit of the Boston Female Asylum (1803)

Family life[edit]

Parker's son Samuel Hale Parker was a publisher and bookseller. His youngest son, Richard Green Parker, was a noted educator.


  1. ^ Sprague, William Buell (1859). Annals of the American Pulpit: Episcopalian. 1859. Robert Carter & Brothers. p. 296. 

Further reading[edit]

Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Edward Bass
Bishop of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Alexander Viets Griswold