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Chase, Philander, 1775-1852



  • Existence: 1775 - 1852


Phildander Chase was born on December 14, 1775 in Cornish, New Hampshire. He attended Dartmouth College after which he became a lay reader in various New England towns before he was ordained in 1799. That same year, Chase accepted a position to serve congregations in Poughkeepsie, New York and relatively nearby Fishkill. In 1805, Chase accepted a challenge to establish the first Episcopal congregation in Louisiana, thus becoming the founding rector of what ultimately became Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans. He also chaired the first Episcopal convention in Ohio, which began on January 5, 1818. Later that year, Chase was elected bishop of Ohio. In October 1823, Chase sailed to England (armed only with a letter of introduction from Henry Clay) to raise funds for his frontier diocese in Illinois, especially his planned school and seminary. Chase spent the final years of his life founding Jubilee College and the surrounding frontier community near present-day Peoria, Illinois. He died on September 20, 1852.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Philander Chase judgment

Identifier: Mss 795317
Mss 795317
Date(s): 1795-05-17
Scope and Contents

Judgement from Philander Chase of Dartmouth College to Dudley Chase of Randolph, Vt. concerning the horners, among them Grout, has not been announced yet. Writer heard indirectly that brother Heber was in Albany.

Philander Chase papers

Identifier: MS-814
Date(s): 1803 to 1851
Scope and Contents

The papers of Philander Chase contain correspondence relating to family matters, personal affairs, his work in the Episcopal Church, and the founding of Kenyon College. Includes letters written while he was in England raising funds for Kenyon College as well as church affairs.

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