William Bacon Stevens

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The Right Reverend

William Bacon Stevens

D.D., LL.D.
Bishop of Pennsylvania
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ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1865–1887
PredecessorAlonzo Potter
SuccessorOzi William Whitaker
OrdinationJanuary 7, 1844
by Stephen Elliott
ConsecrationJanuary 2, 1862
by John Henry Hopkins
Personal details
Born(1815-07-13)July 13, 1815
Bath, Maine, United States
DiedJune 11, 1887(1887-06-11) (aged 71)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
BuriedChurch of St. James the Less
ParentsWilliam Stevens & Rebecca Bacon
SpouseAlethea Coppee Stevens
Anna Maria Conyngham
Previous postAssistant Bishop of Pennsylvania (1862-1865)

William Bacon Stevens (July 13, 1815 – June 11, 1887) was the fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.


Stevens was educated at Phillips Academy, Andover and later studied medicine at Dartmouth College and the Medical College of South Carolina. After practicing medicine in Savannah, Georgia, for five years, he served as state historian of Georgia and at that time he began to study for the priesthood of the Episcopal Church.

He was ordained deacon on February 28, 1843, and later to the priesthood on January 7, 1844. He briefly served as professor of moral philosophy at the University of Georgia prior to being called as the rector of St. Andrew's Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1848. He received the Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was later elected assistant bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. He was consecrated on January 2, 1862, at St. Andrew's Church. Upon the death of Alonzo Potter in 1865, he became Bishop of Pennsylvania. He served in that office and as bishop of the American Episcopal churches in Europe until his death.[1]


  1. ^ "Stevens, William Bacon". Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography. Ed. James Grant Wilson, John Fiske, and Stanley L. Klos. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887–1889 and 1999.

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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Alonzo Potter
4th Bishop of Pennsylvania
coadjutor, 1862-1865

Succeeded by
Ozi William Whitaker