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John Maury Allin (April 22, 1921 – March 6, 1998) was an American Episcopal bishop. He was the 23rd presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. He was married to Ann and the couple had one son and three daughters.

The Most Reverend

John Maury Allin
23rd Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1974-1985
PredecessorJohn E. Hines
SuccessorEdmond L. Browning
ConsecrationOctober 28, 1961
by Arthur C. Lichtenberger
Personal details
Born(1921-04-22)April 22, 1921
Helena, Arkansas
DiedMarch 6, 1998(1998-03-06) (aged 76)
Jackson, Mississippi
Previous postBishop of Mississippi (1966-1974)


Allin was born in Helena, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, and its divinity school, then called St. Luke's Seminary, in 1945. He received a Master of Education degree in 1962 from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. He was ordained deacon in 1944 and priest in 1945.

He was bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Mississippi, with his consecration taking place at St. James Church in Jackson, Mississippi, from 1961 to 1966. He was elected bishop in 1966 and would serve until 1974. He was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, helping to create the Committee of Concern, an alliance of ecumenical and civic leaders that helped rebuild more than 100 black churches that had been bombed by white suprematists in Mississippi.

He served until he was elected Presiding Bishop in 1974. In 1978, he offered to resign because of his opposition as a theological conservative to women's ordination, but he was persuaded to remain in office. He was the last Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church to have opposed women's ordination and to have been pro-life on abortion. He retired in 1985.[1]

After his term as Presiding Bishop, he was vicar at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport, Maine, where his friend George H. W. Bush was on the vestry.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Christian, Nichole M. (March 9, 1998). "Bishop John Allin, Who Led Episcopalians, Is Dead at 77". New York Times.
  2. ^ Pearson, Richard (March 8, 1998). "Bishop John Allin Dies". Washington Post.
Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
John Elbridge Hines
23rd Presiding Bishop
June 1, 1974 – December 31, 1985
Succeeded by
Edmond Lee Browning
Preceded by
Duncan Montgomery Gray, Sr.
6th Bishop of Mississippi
1966 – 1974
Succeeded by
Duncan Montgomery Gray, Jr.