White, William, 1748-1836

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William White was the first Protestant Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia.

From the description of Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1828. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155887043

Chaplain of the Continental Congress, 1777-1789; chaplain of the U.S. Senate; bishop of Pennsylvania in 1788; influential in formation of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.

From the description of Autograph of Bishop White, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 67293176

William White was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Colonel Thomas White and Esther Hewlings on April 4, 1748. After graduating from the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) in 1765, he studied religion with Episcopal minister William Smith, and was ordained in England on April 25, 1772. He served as rector of Philadelphia's Christ Church from 1779 to 1836, and eventually became a figurehead within the North American Episcopal community. A strong advocate for the consecration of bishops in American constituencies, he was consecrated as the bishop for the Pennsylvania diocese in 1786, and he served as the Protestant Episcopal Church's presiding bishop from 1795 until his death. He and his wife, Mary Harrison, married in 1773 and had eight children. Bishop William White died in Philadelphia on July 17, 1836.

From the guide to the William White Sermon, Of Anticipation of Heaven, White, William sermon, [18th-19th century], (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

From the description of William White papers, 1784-1873. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 664374373

First Protestant Episcopal bishop of Pennsylvania.

From the description of ALS : Philadelphia, to Jedidiah Morse, 1824 Feb. 25. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 86138985

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creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Rev. Wm. Elbyatt, 1830 Oct. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIc, 1826-1836 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Price, Richard, 1723-1791. Papers, 1767-1790. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Petition : [Philadelphia, Pa.], to his excellency the president, and the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, [1785]. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Madison, James, 1749-1812. Autograph letters signed (5) : Williamsburg, to Bishop White, 1792 Mar. 7-1796 Mar. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Patterson, Robert M. (Robert Maskell), 1787-1854. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1814-1818. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed, 1832 Aug. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Episcopal Church. Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. [Collection of reports of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church], 1823-1828. Virginia Theological Seminary, Bishop Payne Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph sermon on 1 Cor. 2,9, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Alison, Francis, 1705-1779. Papers, 1753-1776. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
referencedIn Pennsylvania Prison Society. Records, 1787-1966. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Magdalen Society (Philadelphia, Pa.). Records, 1800-1921. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Dalrymple, Edwin A., 1818-1881. Collection of Protestant Episcopal clergy correspondence, 1759-1879. Library of Congress
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Mr. Kite, 1832 Mar. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Samuel Johnson letters, 1731-1784. Houghton Library
creatorOf College, Academy, and Charitable Schools of Philadelphia. Correspondence with William Smith, 1761, 1792. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Circular letter, signed : Philadelphia, to Rev. Thos. C. Brownell, 1821 Jul. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Manuscripts, 1765-1865. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Kemp, James, 1764-1827. Autograph letter signed : Baltimore, to J. H. Hopkins, 1824 Nov. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Onderdonk, Henry U. (Henry Ustick), 1789-1858. Henry Ustick Onderdonk papers, 1825-1864. Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
referencedIn Powel family. Powel family papers, 1681-1938. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Library. Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. 1668-1983. American Philosophical Society
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Papers, 1784-1873 Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
creatorOf Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863. Papers of Clement Clarke Moore [manuscript], 1826-1861. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Hopkins, 1832 Aug. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Rev. Timothy Clowes, 1828 Oct. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph of Bishop White, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1828. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn White-Williams Scholars. White-Williams Scholars records, 1800-2001. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Madison, James, 1749-1812. Letter, 1795 October 8, Williamsburg, [Va.] to W[illia]m White, Philadelphia, [Pa.]. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : to Rev. T.F. Henshaw, 1829 12 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf American Philosophical Society. Membership certificate, 1786 Jan. 20, of John Jay. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Coke, Thomas, 1747-1814. [Letters to Bishops White and Seabury] Drew University Library, Rose Memorial Library
referencedIn Robbins, Howard Chandler, 1876-1952,. Bishops' papers, 1761-1943. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Certificate of good character of Sam'l Sitgreave : Philadelphia, 1830 Apr. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Rev. J. S. Ravenscroft, 1824 Aug. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Hart, Francis F.,. Collection, 1681-1925. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letters signed (8) : Philadelphia, to Rev. Samuel Parker, 1785 Jun.-1790 Jan. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed in third person, 1795 Feb. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Ravenscroft, 1827 Sept. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Letter and autographs, 1757, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. ALS : Philadelphia, to Jedidiah Morse, 1824 Feb. 25. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Signature, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Marian S. Carson collection of manuscripts, 1656-1995, (bulk 1700-1876) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Signature on Sunday school certificates, 1791 Apr. 6-1797 Jan. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Hobart, John Henry, 1775-1830. John Henry Hobart papers, 1805-1975. Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : to Wm. Ruch, 1805 Jul. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Hopkins, 1828 Dec. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Jarvis, Samuel F. (Samuel Farmar), 1786-1851. [Letter (draft) 1819 Dec. 21, New York, N.Y., to William White, Philadelphia, Pa.]. Christoph Keller, Jr. Library, Keller Library
referencedIn Bull family. Papers, 1799-1836. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Robert Smith collection, 1783-1855. Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
creatorOf Ayres, Robert, 1761-1845. Papers 1785-1937. Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Heinz History Center Detre Library and Archives
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed, 1794 Jun. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hobart, John Henry, 1775-1830. Autograph letters signed (2) : New York, to Bishop White, 1823 Sept. 15 and 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Episcopal sermons, 1817-1835. Virginia Theological Seminary, Bishop Payne Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : to Chas. Biddle, 1813 Jan. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Carson, Marian S.,. Marian S. Carson collection of manuscripts, 1656-1995 (bulk 1700-1876) Library of Congress
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to J.H. Hopkins, 1827 Dec. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Episcopal Bishops collection, 1778-1911 William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Kemper, Jackson, 1789-1870. Jackson Kemper papers, 1811-1878. Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
referencedIn Hunloke, Sarah, d. 1773 or 4. Certificate of proof of will and bill, 1774. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Correspondence to Richard Penn Smith, 1826. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Jarvis, Samuel Farmer, 1787-1851. Correspondence, 1818-1849, 1818-1826 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Carson, Marian S.,. Marian S. Carson collection of manuscripts (continuation record), 1656-1995 (bulk 1700-1876) Library of Congress
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, 1784 Aug. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Manuscript minutes of vestry meeting : Philadelphia, 1784 Mar. 29-31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Powel, Elizabeth Willing, 1743-1830. Account books, 1830-1848. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf William White Sermon, Of Anticipation of Heaven, White, William sermon, [18th-19th century] William L. Clements Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. William White letter and engravings, 1824, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Letters of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., collected and edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1413-1900 (inclusive), 1775-1839 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf White, William, 1748-1836. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Samuel W. Morris, 1826 Sept. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Montgomery, James A.,. Collection, 1702-1903. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Horn, Charles L. (Charles Lilley), 1888-. Horn collection ephemera, 1816-1918. Coe College, Stewart Memorial Library
referencedIn Richard Price Papers, 1767-1790 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Bowen, Nathaniel, 1779-1839. Autograph letter signed : Charleston, to Rev. Wm. White, 1823 Nov. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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associatedWith Alison, Francis, 1705-1779. person
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associatedWith Armstrong, John, Reverend. person
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associatedWith Biddle, Chas, person
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correspondedWith Claggett, Thomas John person
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associatedWith Corporation for the Relief of the Widows and Children of Clergymen of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899 person
correspondedWith Cradock, Thomas, 1718-1770 person
associatedWith Cuvier, Georges, Baron, 1769-1832 person
correspondedWith Dalrymple, Edwin A., 1818-1881. person
associatedWith Darlington, William, 1782-1863 person
associatedWith Dashiell, George, 1770-1852. person
associatedWith Edison, Thomas A., (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 person
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associatedWith Elbyatt, William, person
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associatedWith Episcopal Church. Diocese of Connecticut. corporateBody
associatedWith Episcopal Church. Diocese of Maryland. corporateBody
associatedWith Episcopal Church. Diocese of New York. corporateBody
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associatedWith Episcopal Church. Diocese of Pennsylvania. Bishop (1787-1836 : White) corporateBody
associatedWith Episcopal Church. General Convention. corporateBody
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associatedWith Fitch, John person
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associatedWith Gardiner, W. C. (Walter Clarke), d. 1810. person
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associatedWith Genth, F. A., (Frederick Augustus), 1820-1893 person
associatedWith Gibson, William L., Reverend. person
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associatedWith Griswold, Alexander V. (Alexander Viets), 1766-1843. person
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associatedWith Hopkins, person
associatedWith Hopkins, J. H., person
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correspondedWith Johnston, Samuel, Reverend person
correspondedWith Kemper, Jackson, 1789-1870 person
associatedWith Kemp, James, 1764-1827. person
associatedWith Kite, Mr, person
associatedWith Levington, William, 1793-1836. person
associatedWith Longacre, James Barton, 1794-1869, person
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associatedWith Mant, Richard, 1744 or 5-1817. person
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associatedWith Newcomb, Simon person
associatedWith Newsam, Albert, 1809-1864, person
associatedWith Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727 person
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associatedWith Onderdonk, Henry U. (Henry Ustick), 1789-1858. person
associatedWith Parker, Samuel, person
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associatedWith Pennsylvania Prison Society. corporateBody
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associatedWith Rush, William, person
associatedWith Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864 person
associatedWith Seybert, Adam, 1773-1825 person
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associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. person
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correspondedWith Stone, William Murray, 1779-1838 person
associatedWith Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872, person
associatedWith Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824 person
correspondedWith Turner, Samuel H. (Samuel Hulbeart), 1790-1861 person
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associatedWith Waterton, Charles, 1782-1865 person
associatedWith Wayne, Anthony person
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correspondedWith West, William, d. 1791 person
associatedWith White-Williams Scholars. corporateBody
associatedWith Whittingham, William Rollinson, 1805-1879. person
associatedWith William L. Clements Library corporateBody
associatedWith Wilson, Bird, 1777-1859. person
correspondedWith Wyatt, William Edward, 1789-1864 person
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Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
United States
Connecticut
Philadelphia (Pa.)
England
New York (State)
United States
Maryland
Virginia
Subject
Salvation--Christianity--Sermons
Church and state
Heaven--Christianity--Sermons
Books and reading--19th century
Church work with African Americans--Episcopal Church
Unitarianism
African Americans--Religious life
Wills
African American clergy
Autographs--Collectors and collecting
Decedents' estates
Sermons, American
Methodist Church--Relations--Episcopal Church
Legacies
Episcopalian theological seminaries
Slavery and the church--Episcopal Church
Calvinism
African Americans--Education
Theology--Study and teaching
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Birth 1748-04-04

Death 1836-07-17

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