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ARMITAGE, William Edmond, bishop of the Protestant Episcopal diocese of Wisconsin, born in New York City, 6 September 1830; died in St. Luke's Hospital, New York, 7 December 1873. He was graduated at Columbia College in 1849, studied in the General Theological Seminary, was ordained in 1852, spent seven years of his ministry in New Hampshire and Augusta, Maine, then became rector of St. John's Church, Detroit. In 1866 he went to the Holy Land, and during his absence was elected assistant bishop of Wisconsin, receiving consecration to the office 6 December 1866, soon after his return. He took up his residence in Milwaukee, and began the necessary steps for the founding of a cathedral chapter. The death of the venerable Bishop Kemper in May 1870, caused his elevation to the vacant see. A tumor at the base of the spinal column gave him much suffering during the latter years of his life, and in 1873 he went to St. Luke's hospital, New York, for relief. An examination by eminent surgeons caused them to inform him that it was impossible for him to survive more than a week without an operation, and at the same time they told him that if it should prove unsuccessful, his system would receive such a shock that he would not probably live more than a few hours. The operation was performed on Friday, and he lived till 3 A. M. of Sunday.
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