William Edmond Armitage

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The Right Reverend
William Edmond Armitage
Bishop of Wisconsin
Church Episcopal Church
Diocese Wisconsin
In office 1870-1873
Predecessor Jackson Kemper
Successor Edward R. Welles
Ordination 27 September 1854
by George Burgess
Consecration 6 December 1866
Personal details
Born (1830-09-06)September 6, 1830
New York City, New York, United States
Died December 7, 1873(1873-12-07) (aged 43)
New York City, New York, United States
Buried Elmwood Cemetery (Detroit, Michigan)
Nationality American
Alma mater Columbia University

William Edmond Armitage (September 6, 1830 – December 7, 1873) was a bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.


Born in New York City, he graduated from Columbia College in 1849 and the General Theological Seminary in 1852. He was ordained deacon in the Church of the Transfiguration, New York on June 27, 1852 by Bishop Carleton Chase and priest in St. Mark's, Augusta, Maine on September 27, 1854 by Bishop George Burgess.

Armitage's first position was as assistant at St. John's, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was then called to St. Mark's, Augusta, Maine, until called to be rector of St. John's, Detroit, Michigan, where he was when elected to the episcopate. He received his doctorate in divinity from Columbia College in 1866.

Armitage was consecrated at St. John's Detroit on December 6, 1866, by bishops Kemper, McCoskry, H. W. Lee, Whipple, J. C. Talbot, Coxe, Clarkson, Kerfoot, and Cummins, together with Bishop Cronyn, the Bishop of Huron, Canada. He was coadjutor bishop to Jackson Kemper (1866–1870) and on the death of Kemper served as the second Bishop of Wisconsin (1870–1873). He died in St. Luke's Hospital, New York, on December 7, 1873, and his remains are buried in Detroit, Michigan, at Elmwood Cemetery.

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