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KEMP, James, P. E. bishop, born in Keith Hall parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1764; died in Baltimore, Md., 28 October, 1827. lit was graduated at Marischal college, Aberdeen, in 1786, but continued there a year as resident graduate, he came to the United States in 1787, and became tutor in a family in Dorchester county, Maryland, where he remained two years. Although brought up a Presbyterian, he was led at that time to examine the doctrines of the Protestant Episcopal church, with which he shortly afterward united, he then stud-led theology, was ordained priest, 27 December, 1789, and in August, 1790, became rector of Great Chop-tank parish, where he remained for over twenty years. In 1813 he was elected associate rector of St. Paul's, Baltimore. Having been elected by the convention of Maryland, he was consecrated, 1 September. 1814, suffragan bishop with Dr. Thomas J. Claggett. The latter committed to his charge the churches on the eastern shore, making about one third of all parishes in the diocese. On the death of his superior in 1816 he succeeded to the bishopric. In 1815 he was elected provost of the University of Maryland. which office he held until his death, and in 1802 he received the degree of S. T. D. from Columbia. Dr. Kemp published, in addition to several occasional discourses, "A Tract on Conversion" (1807)" "Letters in Vindication of Episcopacy" (1808)" "A Sermon on Deathbed Repentance" (1815)' and "A Sermon on the Death of Bishop Claggett" (1816).
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