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GARRETT, Alexander Charles, P. E. bishop, born in Ballymot, County Sligo, Ireland, 4 November, 1832. He was graduated at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1855, and took the Divinity testimonium on 19 December of the same year. He was ordained deacon by the bishop of Winchester in the chapel of Farnham castle, Surrey, England, 6 July, 1856, and priest by the same bishop, 7 July, 1857. He was appointed to the curacy of East Worldham, in Hampshire, and held this place till September, 1859. He then sailed as missionary to British Columbia, where he remained for ten years, engaged in active service among the Indians and the white population. In December, 1869, he went to California, and became rector of St. James's Church, San Francisco. Here he remained until 1872, when he accepted the rectorship of Trinity cathedral and dean of the cathedral chapter. Omaha, Nebraska. He received the degree of D. D. from Nebraska College in 1872, and from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1889, and that of LL. D. from the University of Mississippi in 1876. Dr. Garrett was elected missionary bishop of northern Texas by both houses of the general convention in 1874, and was consecrated in Trinity cathedral, Omaha, 20 December 1874. He entered on his new duties at once, and has since continued them with zeal and diligence. Bishop Garrett has published several occasional sermons, a "Charge to the Clergy and Laity of Northern Texas" (1875), and "Historical Continuity, a Series of Sketches on the Church" (1875).
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