Thomas Church Brownell

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The Most Reverend
Thomas Church Brownell
7th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
Installed 1824
Term ended 1831
Successor Nathaniel Sheldon Wheaton
Consecration by William White (bishop of Pennsylvania)
Personal details
Born (1779-10-19)October 19, 1779
Westport, Massachusetts
Died January 13, 1865(1865-01-13) (aged 85)
Hartford, Connecticut

Thomas Church Brownell (October 19, 1779 – January 13, 1865) was founder of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church from 1852 until his death.

Brownell was born in Westport, Massachusetts on Oct. 19, 1779. He was a descendant on his mother's side from Colonel Benjamin Church, an early settler in Little Compton, Rhode Island and the father of American ranging. He studied at Union College, Schenectady, New York, receiving his degree in 1804. He was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood by Bishop John Henry Hobart. He was consecrated Bishop of Connecticut in New Haven on October 27, 1819. Brownell's extensive writings include diocesan charges, liturgical material, scriptural commentaries and other works. He founded Trinity College, Hartford, where a bronze statue of him now stands.

Brownell served as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church from 1852 until his death, succeeding Philander Chase.


  • A Sketch-book of the American Episcopate, by Hermon Griswold Batterson
  • The Episcopate in America, by William Stevens Perry

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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Philander Chase
7th Presiding Bishop
Succeeded by
John Henry Hopkins
Preceded by
Abraham Jarvis
3rd Bishop of Connecticut
Succeeded by
John Williams