Wallace E. Conkling

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The Right Reverend
Wallace Edmonds Conkling
VII Bishop of Chicago
Church Episcopal Church in the United States of America
See Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
In office 1941— 1953
Predecessor George C. Stewart, VI Bishop of Chicago
Successor Gerald F. Burrill, VII Bishop of Chicago
Consecration 1941
Personal details
Born (1896-10-25)October 25, 1896
Beacon, Dutchess County, New York
Died (1967-08-27)August 27, 1967
Stuart, Martin County, Florida, buried at All Saints Episcopal Church, Jensen Beach, Florida

Wallace Edmonds Conkling was the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and served from 1941 to 1953. He was born October 25, 1896, in Matteawan, now part of Beacon, New York. and died August 27, 1979, in Stuart, Florida.

Education and early career[edit]

He received his undergraduate degree from Williams College, his divinity degree from Philadelphia Divinity School and a Master's from Oxford. He taught in seminaries before becoming rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his only extended parish ministry before being elected Bishop of Chicago.[1]

His episcopate[edit]

During his 13 years as Bishop of Chicago, Conkling worked hard to build missions and to reduce the diocese's indebtedness. Illness forced him to retire in 1953.[1] He was a bishop associate of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament.

Retirement years[edit]

After his retirement, Bishop Conkling moved with his wife and their two daughters to Vero Beach, Florida. His wife, the former Constance Lilian Sowby, was born in 1898 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England and died March 9, 1969, in Vero Beach. Both were interred on the grounds of All Saints Episcopal Church, Jensen Beach, Florida, where he had served for many years as bishop in residence.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b obituary, Stuart (Florida) News, August 29, 1979

External links[edit]

Wallace E. Conkling at Find a Grave

Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
George C. Stewart
7th Bishop of Chicago
Succeeded by
Gerald F. Burrill