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Charles Palmerston Anderson (September 8, 1865 – January 30, 1930) was the seventeenth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

The Most Reverend

Charles Palmerston Anderson

D.D., S.T.D.
17th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
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Bishop Anderson in 1900
ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1929-1930
PredecessorJohn Gardner Murray
SuccessorJames De Wolf Perry
Other postsBishop of Chicago (1905-1930)
OrdinationDecember 16, 1888
by John Lewis
ConsecrationFebruary 24, 1900
by William Edward McLaren
RankPresiding Bishop
Personal details
Born(1865-09-08)September 8, 1865
Kemptville, Ontario, Canada
DiedJanuary 30, 1930(1930-01-30) (aged 64)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
BuriedRosehill Cemetery
ParentsHenry Anderson & Maria Rose Sexton
SpouseJanet Glass

Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Kemptville, Ontario in Canada on September 8, 1865, the son of Henry Anderson and Maria Rose Sexton. He attended Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity by Trinity College, Toronto in 1900 and another by Western Theological Seminary in 1905.[1]

Ordained ministryEdit

Anderson was ordained deacon on December 11, 1887, and priest on December 16, 1888 by Bishop John Lewis of Ontario. After his ordination to the diaconate he served at the Church of St Augustine in Beachburg, Ontario. In 1891 he became rector of Grace Church in Oak Park, Illinois.[2]


In 1900, Anderson was unanimously elected Coadjutor Bishop of Chicago during the first ballot of the special convention. He was consecrated on February 24, 1900 by the Bishop of Chicago William Edward McLaren. He succeeded as diocesan bishop on February 19, 1905 on the death of William Edward McLaren. On November 13, 1929 Anderson was elected to the highest post in the Episcopal church, to serve as Presiding Bishop and Primate. He also retain the bishopric of Chicago simultaneously. Anderson died only a few months after his election as primate.


Anderson married Janet Glass in 1889 and together had four daughters and one son, the latter died in WWII.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ (1931). The Living Church Annual, p. 60. Morehouse-Gorham Company, New York.
  2. ^ "Charles Palmerston Anderson (1929-1930)", The Episcopal Church. Retrieved on 02 March 2019.
Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
John Gardner Murray
17th Presiding Bishop
November 13, 1929 - January 30, 1930
Succeeded by
James DeWolf Perry
Preceded by
William E. McLaren
4th Bishop of Chicago
Succeeded by
Sheldon M. Griswold