Bass, Edward

Born: Nov 23, 1726 AD
Died: 1803 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Bishops, Religious Leaders, Spiritual Leader


1726 - The Right Reverend Edward Bass, born on the 23rd of November. He was the first American Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts and second bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island.

1744 - Attended and graduated in Harvard University.

1749 - He had been appointed assistant at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newburyport, Massachusetts.

1752 - He taught and preached in Congregationalist churches, then went to England to be ordained by the bishop of London in May.

1753 - He followed as rector.

1789 - In May, the first convention of the Diocese of Massachusetts, meeting in Salem, elected him bishop of Massachusetts and Rhode Island but his parish rejected the election because lay delegates did not participate.

1796 - In Boston, he was unanimously re-elected bishop of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine, with lay participation.

1797 - He was consecrated in Philadelphia in May.

1803 - Died on the 10th of September, just before he was to travel to Portland, Maine. James Morss in his diary, wrote of him, "He felt ill on Saturday and felt he could not preach Sunday night and was concerned about my conducting the service without him as I had not done so before, but he was dead before Sunday".

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