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RANDOLPH, Alfred Magill, P. E. bishop, born in Winchester, Virginia, 31 August, 1836. He is the fourth child of Robert Lee Randolph, who, after studying law, devoted himself to farming on his inherited estate, Eastern View, Fauquier County, Virginia After graduation at William and Mary in 1855, the son studied at Virginia theological seminary, Alexandria, where he was graduated in 1858. In the autumn of the same year he was appointed rector of St. George's church, Fredericksburg, Virginia After the bombardment of the town, in December, 1862, by which the church edifice was much injured, the congregation dispersed, Dr. Randolph left, and from 1863 until the close of the civil war served as a chaplain in the Confederate army, in hospitals, and in the field. He was appointed rector of Christ church, Alexandria (erected in 1772, see illustration), in 1865, and in 1867 became the pastor of Emmanuel church, Baltimore, where he remained until he was elected, in 1883, assistant bishop of Virginia. He received the degree of D.D. from William and Mary college in 1875, and that of LL.D. from Washington and Lee university in 1884. During his ministry in Maryland. Dr. Randolph was the chief opponent of tractarianism and ritualism, and leader in a successful resistance to the assumption of episcopal powers that he believed to be unconstitutional. The conflict was one of much interest to his church throughout the country, and the qualities that Dr. Randolph displayed secured him the confidence of his wing of the church. Bishop Randolph's published discourses and periodical contributions show him to be in churchmanship and religious philosophy largely in sympathy with the views of Dr. Thomas Arnold, of Rugby.
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