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GREGG, Alexander, P. E. bishop, born in Society Hill, Darlington district, South Carolina, 8 October, 1819. He was graduated at South Carolina College in 1838 with the highest honors of his class, he then studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced at Cheraw, South Carolina, in the northeastern circuit. Having resolved to enter the ministry, he was baptized and confirmed in St. David's Church, Cheraw, in 1843, and became a candidate for holy orders. He was ordered deacon by Bishop Gadsden, 10 June, 1846, and ordained priest in St. Philip's Church, Charleston, by the same bishop, 19 December 1847. His first and only parish was that of St. David's, Cheraw, of which he became rector in 1846. He received the degree of D. D. from South Carolina College in 1859. Dr. Gregg was active and efficient in diocesan and Church affairs during this period, and in the latter year was elected bishop of Texas. He was consecrated in the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia, 13 October, 1859, and entered at once on his extensive field of labor. In 1867 he attended the first Lain-beth conference in England. At the general convention in 1874 consent was given to a division of the diocese of Texas, and two missionary jurisdictions were set off for northern and western Texas. Bishop Gregg removed to Galveston, re-raining the southern portion of the state as his diocese. Between 1852 and 1867 he made several contributions to Church literature in the way of sermons, addresses, and triennial charges. He has also published a "History of Old Cheraw," era-bracing an account of the Indian tribes in the valley of the Pedee, South Carolina, the first white settlements, the organization of St. David's parish, and the Revolutionary history of that region (1867); and a "Brief Sketch of the Church in Texas," an article in "The Church Encyclopaedia" for 1884.
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