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LAY, Henry Champlin, P. E. bishop, born in Richmond. Va., 6 December, 1823; died in Easton, Maryland, 17 September, 1885. He was graduated at the University of Virginia in 1842, and at the Episcopal theological seminary in Alexandria in 1846. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Meade in Christ's church, Alexandria, 10 July, 1846. During part of his diaconate he served in Lynnhaven parish, Virginia, but in 1847 he removed to Huntsville, Alabama, where he assumed charge of the Church of the Nativity. He was ordained priest by Bishop Cobbs, 12 July, 1848, became rector of the Church of the Nativity, and held that post for eleven years. Having been elected missionary bishop of Arkansas and Indian territory, he was consecrated in St. Paul's church, Richmond, Virginia, 23 October, 1859. In 1868 the diocese of Maryland was divided, and a new one formed on the eastern shore, under the title of the diocese of Easton. It being the privilege of a missionary bishop to accept the oversight of an organized diocese when elected thereto, Bishop Lay was translated to Easton, 1 April, 1869. He received the degree of D. D. from Hobart college in 1857, mid from William and Mary in 1873, and that of LL.D. from Cambridge, England, in 1867, at the time of the Lambeth conference. Bishop Lay published numerous single sermons on special occasions, also "Letters to a Man Bewildered among many Counsellors"; "Tracts for Missionary Use"; "Studies in the Church" (New York, 1872); "Ready and Desirous" (1885); and "The Church and the Nation" (1885).
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