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Arthur Barksdale Kinsolving II (September 13, 1884 – June 15, 1964) was the Bishop of Arizona in The Episcopal Church from 1945 until 1962.

The Right Reverend

Arthur Barksdale Kinsolving

Bishop of Arizona
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ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1945-1962
PredecessorWalter Mitchell
SuccessorJoseph Harte
ConsecrationMay 29, 1945
by Henry St. George Tucker
Personal details
Born(1884-09-13)September 13, 1884
Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
DiedJune 15, 1964(1964-06-15) (aged 79)
Carmel, California, United States
BuriedTrinity Cathedral (Phoenix, Arizona)
ParentsLucien Lee Kinsolving & Alice Brown
SpouseEdith Wharton

Early life and educationEdit

Kinsolving was born into a family of clergymen and two bishops, on September 13, 1884, in Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. His father, Lucien Lee Kinsolving, was a missionary bishop in Brazil who helped establish the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil. His mother was Alice Brown. During WWI he served as an ambulance driver with the French Army and later with the United States Army. He also became a first lieutenant and was later awarded the French Croix de Guerre. After the war, he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1917 and then from Virginia Theological Seminary from where he gained his Bachelor of Divinity in 1924.

Ordained ministryEdit

Kinsolving was ordained deacon in 1924 and priest in 1925. He served as assistant minister at the Church of St Paul of the University of Virginia from 1924 till 1927. Later he became chaplain at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Between 1933 ans 1940 he served as Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York.


Kinsolving was elected Missionary Bishop of Arizona in 1945 and was consecrated on May 29, 1945, by Presiding Bishop Henry St. George Tucker. In 1959, after the Missionary District of Arizona was established as the Diocese of Arizona, he became its first diocesan bishop. He retired a dew years later in 1962. He died on June 15, 1965, in Carmel, California.


In addition to his father being a bishop, Kinsolving's uncle, George Herbert Kinsolving, his father's half brother, was the second Bishop of Texas. He married Edith Wharton and together had three sons. One of his sons, Arthur Barksdale Kinsolving III, died after an accident at the age of eighteen on January 22, 1948.



  1. ^ "Right Rev. Arthur B. Kinsolving, Former Bishop of Arizona, Dies; Head of Episcopal Diocese From 1945 to 1962, Once Served in Garden City". The New York Times. June 16, 1964. Retrieved March 20, 2019.