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PIERCE, Henry Niles, P. E. bishop, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 19 October, 1820. He was graduated at Brown in 1842, was ordained deacon in Christ church, Matagorda, Texas, 23 April, 1843, by Bishop Freeman, and priest, in the same church, 3 January, 1849, by the same bishop. He spent the early years of his ministry in missionary work in Washington county, Texas, held charges in New Orleans and in Rahway, New Jersey, in 1854-'7, and became rector of St. John's church, Mobile, Alabama, in 1857. He removed to Illinois in 1868 and accepted the rectorship of St. Paul's church, Springfield. He received the degree of D. D. from the University of Alabama in 1862, and that of LL.D. from William and Mary in 1869. He was elected missionary bishop of Arkansas and Indian territory, and was consecrated in Christ church, Mobile, 25 January, 1870. The next year Arkansas was erected into a diocese, of which Bishop Pierce became diocesan, still retaining charge of the Indian territory mission. Bishop Pierce has published numerous occasional sermons, essays, and addresses, and is author of " The Agnostic, and other Poems" (New York, 1884).
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