Potter, Alonzo

Potter, Alonzo, 1800–1865, American Episcopal bishop, b. near Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Ordained a priest in 1824, he served (1826–31) as rector of St. Paul's Church in Boston. In 1831 he became professor of philosophy and political economy at Union College he was its vice president from 1838 to 1845. As bishop of Pennsylvania (1845–65), he founded in Philadelphia an Episcopal hospital (1860) and a divinity school (1863). His notable Lowell Lectures, delivered in Boston, appeared posthumously as Religious Philosophy (1872).

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