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TALBOT, Joseph Cruikshank, P. E. bishop, born in Alexandria, Virginia, 5 September, 1816; died in Indianapolis, Indiana, 15 January, 1883. He was of Quaker parentage and was educated at Pierpont academy, Alexandria. In 1835 he removed to Louisville, Kentucky, where he engaged in business for several years. His religious convictions then became so changed that he abandoned Quakerism and united with the Protestant Episcopal church, being baptized in 1837. In 1841 he became a candidate for holy orders, studying under the direction of the bishop. He was made deacon in Christ church, Louisville, 5 September, 1846, by Bishop Smith, and ordained priest in St. John's church, Louisville, 6 September, 1848, by the same bishop. During his diaconate he organized St. John's church, and upon his ordination to the priesthood he became its rector. After a service of seven years he removed, in 1853, to Indiana, and became rector of Christ church, Indianapolis, which post he held until he was elected to the episcopate. The honorary degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by the Western university of Pennsylvania at Allegheny City in 1854, and that of LL.D. by the University of Cambridge, England, in 1867. In 1859 he was elected by the house of bishops missionary bishop of the northwest, a newly organized jurisdiction, covering" nearly 900,000 square miles. He was consecrated co that office in Christ church, Indianapolis, 15 February, 1860. In 1865 he was elected assistant bishop of Indiana, and was translated to that diocese in October of that year. Upon the death of Bishop Upfold in 1872 he became bishop of Indiana. His writings include sermons, addresses to the convention, pastoral letters, and a few articles in periodicals.
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