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LYMAN, Theodore Benedict, P. E. bishop, born in Brighton, Massachusetts, 27 November, 1815. He was graduated at Hamilton college in 1837, and at the General theological seminary, New York city, in 1840, was ordained deacon in Christ church, Baltimore, Maryland, 20 September, 1840, by Bishop Whittingham, and priest in St. John's church, Hagerstown, Maryland, 19 December, 1841, by the same bishop. He entered upon the charge of St. John's church, Hagerstown, in October, 1840, became rector of the parish in 1841, and occupied that. post for ten years. In 1850 he accepted the rectorship of Trinity church, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania In 1860 he removed to Europe, and was instrumental in establishing the American church in Florence and the American chapel, now St. Paul's church, in Rome. During his residence abroad he was elected dean of the General theological seminary, but declined. Ten years later he returned to the United States, became rector of Trinity church, San Francisco, California, and held that office for three years. He was elected assistant bishop of North Carolina in 1873, and was consecrated in Christ church, Raleigh, North Carolina, 11 December, 1873. On the death of Bishop Atkinson, in 1881, he became bishop of the diocese. With his consent the eastern part of the state was set off as a separate diocese in 1883. He received the degree of D. D. from St. James's college, Maryland, in 1856, and by appointment of the presiding bishop, in 1886, took charge of the American Episcopal churches in Europe. Bishop Lyman has published a few occasional sermons and addresses.
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