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William Hall Moreland

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The Right Reverend

William Hall Moreland
Bishop of Sacramento
ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1899-1933
PredecessorJohn Henry Ducachet Wingfield
SuccessorArchie W. N. Porter
OrdinationAugust 23, 1885
by William B. W. Howe
ConsecrationJanuary 25, 1899
by William Ford Nichols
Personal details
Born(1861-04-09)April 9, 1861
DiedOctober 27, 1946(1946-10-27) (aged 85)
Los Angeles, California, United States
BuriedCypress Lawn Memorial Park
ParentsEdward McCreight Moreland & Caroline Hall
Harriett E. Slason
(m. 1893; died 1942)

William Hall Moreland (April 9, 1861 [1] – October 27, 1946) was Bishop of the Missionary District of Sacramento from 1899–1910, and Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento from 1910 to 1933. This jurisdiction is now known as the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.

Early life and education


Moreland was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 9, 1861, to Edward McCreight Moreland and Caroline Hall. He was educated at the Holy Communion Church Institute in Charleston, South Carolina, graduating in 1877. He then studied at the University of the South from where he earned a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Literature, and a Master of Arts in 1881. Later he attended the Berkeley Divinity School, graduating in 1884. He was also awarded a Doctor of Divinity from the University of the South in 1899 and Berkeley in 1900. On September 6, 1893, he married Harriet Elsie Slason and together had 6 children. [2]

Ordained Ministry


Moreland was ordained deacon by Bishop John Williams of Connecticut in 1884, and priest on August 23, 1885, by Bishop William B. W. Howe of South Carolina. He initially served as assistant rector of Christ Church in Hartford, Connecticut, between 1884 and 1885, and then rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, New Hampshire, from 1885 to 1893. He was also rector of St Luke's Church in San Francisco from 1893 until 1899.[3]



In 1898 Moreland was elected Missionary Bishop of Sacramento and was consecrated on January 25, 1899, in St Luke's Church, San Francisco by Bishop William Ford Nichols of California. In 1910 the Missionary District of Sacramento was established as the Diocese of Sacramento. He retired in 1933.



Moreland died on October 27, 1946, at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles after a week's illness. [4]

See also



  1. ^ MORELAND, William Hall, in Who's Who in America (1901-02 edition); via archive.org
  2. ^ "Moreland, William Hall". Herringshaw's American Blue-book of Biography: 865. 1916.
  3. ^ "MORELAND, William Hall". Appletons' Cyclopedia of American Biography. 7: 200. 1901.
  4. ^ "BISHOP MORELAND, EPISCOPAL DOYEN; Senior Prelate of Church, 85, Retired Head of Sacramento Diocese, Dies on Coast", New York Times, October 28, 1946. Retrieved on October 3, 2023.