Spence Burton

Spence Burton SSJE[1] was an Anglican bishop in the mid 20th century and the first American to be consecrated a bishop in the Church of England.[2]

Born on 4 October 1881 and educated at Harvard University, he was ordained in 1908.[3] After a short spell as an assistant priest at St John the Evangelist, Boston he was to spend the next 30 years with the Society of St. John the Evangelist[4] eventually becoming Father Superior of the American Congregation. In 1939, he was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Three years later, he was translated to Nassau,[5] finally resigning in 1962.[6] He died on 15 February 1966. A college he founded during his episcopate recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.[7]

He was a bishop associate of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament.


  1. ^ Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas
  2. ^ Bahamas uncensored
  3. ^ Who was Who 1987-1990: London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ Project Canterbury
  5. ^ Anglican church in the Bahamas Archived 2011-02-15 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Ecclesiastical News Bishop Of Nassau to resign The Times, Saturday, Oct 17, 1942; pg. 6; Issue 49369; col D
  7. ^ Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Religious titles
Preceded by
John Dauglish
Bishop of Nassau
1942 –1960
Succeeded by
Bernard Markham