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COBBS, Nicholas Hamner, P. E. bishop, born in Bedford county, Virginia, 5 February, 1796; died in Montgomery, Alabama, 11 January, 1861. While studying for the ministry in the Episcopal church he was engaged in teaching for several years. He was ordained deacon in Staunton, Virginia. in May, 1824, by the Rt. Rev. R. C. Moore, D. D., and priest the next year, in Richmond, Virginia, by the same bishop. He was occupied in pastoral work in his native county for fifteen years. In 1839 he became rector of St. Paul's church, Petersburg, Virginia, and in 1843 accepted a call to the rectorship of St. Paul's church, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1844 he was elected bishop of Alabama, being the first to preside over that diocese, and was consecrated in Philadelphia, 20 October, 1844. Bishop Cobbs was a faithful overseer of the work committed to his charge, and as evidence of esteem for his memory a noble charity in Montgomery bears the name of "The Bishop Cobbs Home for Orphans." He published nothing save a few sermons and addresses.
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