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CLARKSON, Robert Harper, P. E. bishop, born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 19 November, 1826; died in Omaha, Neb., 10 March, 1884. He was graduated at Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, in 1844, and studied theology at St. James's College, Hagerstown, Maryland He was ordained deacon by Bishop Whit-tingham, 18 June, 1848, and priest by Bishop P. Chase, 5 January, 1851. He became rector of St. James's church, Chicago, Ilk, in 1849, and held that place for fifteen years. He was a deputy from the diocese of Illinois to the general convert-tion during all these years, and was assistant secretary of the house of clerical and lay deputies when he was elected bishop. He was consecrated missionary bishop of Nebraska and Dakota, in Chicago, 15 November, 1865, and three years later, when Nebraska was organized as a diocese and admitted into union with the general convention, he was chosen to be the bishop of the new diocese. He accepted the office in the spring of 1870, retaining the missionary jurisdiction of Dakota until the autumn of 1883. Bishop Clarkson's sunny disposition and humor won for him troops of friends wherever he was known. He published numerous sermons and memorial sketches.
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