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DEHON, Theodore, P. E. bishop, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 8 December 1776; died in Charleston, South Carolina, 6 August 1817. He was graduated at Harvard in 1795, with the highest honors. He studied theology under the Rev. Dr. Parker, rector of Trinity Church, Boston, oMciating during that time as lay reader at Cambridge and Newport, Rhode Island. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Bass, in Newburyport, 24 December 1797, and early in January 1798, entered upon the duties of rector of Trinity Church, Newport. He was ordained priest, 9 October 1800. In 1802'3 he visited the south for the benefit of his health, and, after his return home, received urgent invitations from two Churches in Charleston, South Carolina, to remove to that City, which were declined. In 1808 he was a deputy from the eastern diocese to the general convention, held in Baltimore, Maryland The next year he accepted the rectorship of St. Michael's Church, Charleston, and in 1810 removed thither. He was elected bishop of the diocese in February 1812, being consecrated on 15 October He was present at the general convention held in Philadelphia in May 1814, and also at that held in New York in May 1817. On his return to Charleston he was stricken with the yellow fever, and died tranquilly and hopefully. His mortal remains were buried in the chancel of St. Michael's Church. Bishop Dehon published a number of Episcopal charges and sermons. After his death a selection from his discourses was published, which met with a large sale (London, 1821 and 1823; New York, 1857).
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