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LITTLEJOHN, Abram Newkirk, P. E. bishop, born in Florida, New York, 13 December, 1824. He was graduated at Union college in 1845, and after preparation for the ministry was ordained deacon in St. Peter's church, Auburn, New York, 19 March, 1848, by Bishop De Lancey, and priest in Christ church. Hartford, Connecticut, 12 June, 1849, by Bishop Brownell. During his diaconate he was in charge for a brief period of St. Ann's church, Amsterdam, New York, and St. Anthony's church, Meriden, Connecticut Early in 1850 he removed to Massachusetts, and became rector of Christ church, Springfield. In June, 1851, he accepted the rectorship of St. Paul's church, New Hayen, Connecticut he was elected president of Hobart college in 1858, but declined. For a period of seven years he was lecturer on pastoral theology in Berkeley divinity school, Middletown, Connecticut In 1860 he accepted the rectorship of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, New York, which post he occupied for eight years. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1855. He was elected bishop of central New York in 1868, but declined, and in the same year was elected first bishop of Long Island, and consecrated in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, 27 January, 1869. In 1874, by appointment of the presiding bishop, he took charge of the American Episcopal churches on the continent of Europe. Bishop Littlejohn is a facile writer, and has contributed largely to church and general literature. Besides charges, criticisms, essays, and revising, he has published "Conciones ad Clerum" (1880); "Individualism, Discourses before the University of Cambridge, England" (1880); and "The Christian Ministry at the Close of the Nineteenth Century," being lectures before the General theological seminary, New York (i884). In 1880 he received from the University of Cambridge the degree of LL.D.
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