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List of presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America

This is a list of the Presiding Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Initially the position of Presiding Bishop rotated geographically. After 1795 the Presiding Bishop was the senior bishop in order of consecration. Starting in 1926, the office became elective, the Presiding Bishop being chosen at General Convention by vote by all bishops, and approved by the House of Deputies. The office now has a nine-year term. Since 1938 the Presiding Bishop has been required to resign his or her former diocese after accepting election.

Presiding Bishop rotated by geographical areaEdit

# Presiding Bishop Image Took office Left office Diocese Length of term
1 William White   July 28, 1789 October 3, 1789 Pennsylvania 67 days
2 Samuel Seabury   October 5, 1789 September 8, 1792 Connecticut 2 years, 339 days
3 Samuel Provoost   September 13, 1792 September 8, 1795 New York 2 years, 360 days

Presiding Bishop by seniorityEdit

# Presiding Bishop Image Took office Left office Diocese Length of term
4 William White   September 8, 1795 July 17, 1836 Pennsylvania 40 years, 313 days
5 Alexander Viets Griswold   July 17, 1836 February 15, 1843 Eastern 6 years, 213 days
6 Philander Chase   February 15, 1843 September 20, 1852 Illinois 9 years, 218 days
7 Thomas Church Brownell   September 20, 1852 January 13, 1865 Connecticut 12 years, 115 days
8 John Henry Hopkins   January 13, 1865 January 9, 1868 Vermont 2 years, 361 days
9 Benjamin Smith   January 9, 1868 May 31, 1884 Kentucky 16 years, 143 days
10 Alfred Lee   May 31, 1884 April 12, 1887 Delaware 2 years, 316 days
11 John Williams   April 12, 1887 February 7, 1899 Connecticut 11 years, 301 days
12 Thomas M. Clark   February 7, 1899 September 7, 1903 Rhode Island 4 years, 243 days
13 Daniel S. Tuttle   September 7, 1903 April 17, 1923 Missouri 19 years, 222 days
14 Alexander Charles Garrett   April 17, 1923 February 18, 1924 Dallas 307 days
15 Ethelbert Talbot   February 18, 1924 January 1, 1926 Central Pennsylvania 1 year, 317 days

Presiding Bishop by electionEdit

# Presiding Bishop Image Took office Left office Previous diocese Length of term
16 John Gardner Murray   January 1, 1926 October 3, 1929 Maryland 3 years, 275 days
17 Charles P. Anderson   November 13, 1929 January 30, 1930 Chicago 78 days
18 James DeWolf Perry   March 26, 1930 December 31, 1937 Rhode Island 7 years, 280 days
19 Henry St. George Tucker   January 1, 1938 December 31, 1946 Virginia 8 years, 364 days
20 Henry Knox Sherrill January 1, 1947 November 14, 1958 Massachusetts 11 years, 317 days
21 Arthur C. Lichtenberger   November 15, 1958 October 12, 1964 Missouri 5 years, 332 days
22 John E. Hines January 1, 1965 May 31, 1974 Texas 9 years, 150 days
23 John Allin   June 1, 1974 December 31, 1985 Mississippi 11 years, 213 days
24 Edmond L. Browning   January 1, 1986 December 31, 1997 Hawaii 11 years, 364 days
25 Frank T. Griswold   January 1, 1998 November 1, 2006 Chicago 8 years, 304 days
26 Katharine Jefferts Schori   November 1, 2006 November 1, 2015 Nevada 9 years, 0 days
27 Michael Bruce Curry   November 1, 2015 North Carolina 3 years, 348 days[1]

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