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McCOSKRY, Samuel Allen, P. E. bishop, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 9 November, 1804" died in New York city, 1 August, 1886. He entered the United States military academy in 1820, but after two years resigned and entered Dickinson college, where he was graduated in 1825. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practised for six years in his native place. In 1.831 he began the study of theology preparatory to orders in the Protestant Episcopal church, he was ordained deacon in Christ church, Reading, Pennsylvania, 28 March, 1833, by Bishop Henry V. Onderdonk, and priest, in the same church, 13 December, 1833, by the same bishop. A year later he accepted the rectorship of St. Pauls church, Philadelphia, where he remained for two years, he was then elected to be the first bishop of Michigan, and was consecrated in St. Paul's church, Philadelphia, 7 July, 1836. He took up his residence in Detroit, Michigan, became rector of St. Paul's church in that city, and held the post for twenty-seven years. He received the degree of D. D. from Columbia and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1837, and the degree of D. C. L. from the University of Oxford, England, in 1852. Bishop McCoskry resigned his jurisdiction in March, 1878, on the plea of feeble health and the infirmities of age, and asked the bishops to release him. Soon afterward grave Mlegations touching his moral character became public; whereupon he abandoned his diocese and left the United States, thus preventing any investigation of the charges against him. The house of bishops, under the circumstances, acting as a court, at a meeting held in New York city, 3 December, 1878, deeming his course an acknowledgment of his guilt, formally deposed him from the sacred ministry and all the functions thereof. See "Journal of General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church for 1880."
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