Guide to the Papers of Carlton Chase, 1805 - 1871Manuscript MS-1150

Biography

Carlton Chase was born on February 20, 1794, in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1817, and became interested in the Episcopal Church even though his upbringing was primarily Baptist. He was baptized and later studied theology under Bishop Griswold in Rhode Island. While still a deacon, he was called as rector of Emmanuel Church in Bellows Falls, Vermont in 1819. He was also a member of the standing diocese and its president for the last ten years. He was a deputy to the General Convention from 1823, until he became a Bishop in 1844. He took over Trinity Church in Claremont, New Hampshire and built a viable diocese. When Bishop Chase died on January 18, 1870, the number of Episcopal parishes and missions had grown from 12 to 22, and communicants from 416 to 1173.

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