Theodore Nevin Morrison
MORRISON, HOWLAND, SWAZEY
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Date: 4/10/2009 at 18:47:50
A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
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EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
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RT. REV. THEODORE NEVIN MORRISON was a loved and gracious figure in the life
of Iowa for many years as Episcopal bishop of Iowa. His See city was
Bishop Morrison was born in Ottawa, Illinois, February 18, 1850, son of Rev.
Theodore Nevin and Anna Eliza (Howland) morrison. He gave more than half a
century to the service of his church and humanity. After graduating A. B.
from the Illinois College at Jacksonville in 1870 he attended the General
Theological Seminary of New York, graduating in 1873, and in July of that year
was ordained a deacon of the Episcopal Church, serving in his first missionary
charge at Pekin, Illinois, from 1873 to 1876. He was made a priest February
19, 1876, and until raised to the Episcopal dignity his service as a pastor
was in Chicago, where he was rector of the Church of the Epiphany from 1876 to
1899, a period of twenty-three years.
On November 30, 1898, he was elected bishop and on February 22, 1899, was
consecrated bishop of Iowa and served with increasing honor and respect in that
position for nearly thirty-one years.
Bishop Morrison was made a Doctor of Divinity by Illinois College in 1895,
and the Western Theological Seminary in 1905 conferred upon him the degree of
Doctor of Sacred Theology. He married, October 28, 1879, Miss Sarah Buck
Swazey, daughter of Rev. Arthur Swazey, of Chicago. He died suddenly on
December 27, 1929, and was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa on December
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