Chapter I. Samuel Seabury, The First American Bishop
Chapter II. William White, The First Bishop of Pennsylvania
Chapter III. John Henry Hobart, Bishop of New York
Chapter IV. Philander Chase, The Pioneer Missionary
Chapter V. George Washington Doane, Bishop of New Jersey
Chapter VI. John Henry Hopkins, Bishop of Vermont
Chapter VII. Jackon Kemper, First Bishop of Wisconsin
Chapter VIII. William Augustus Muhlenberg, The Christian Educator
Chapter IX. James Lloyd Breck, One of the Founders of Nashotah
Chapter X. James DeKoven, Warden of Racine College
IT seems unfortunate that so little is recorded in permanent form, of those characters who have played the greatest parts in the history of the American Church. Not only has the Church in this country, during the brief period of her history, produced men of intellectual and administrative ability, but it seems, upon investigation, that the number of men who might really be termed great, has been not a few. Of these, strange to say, the younger generation, with whom the author is numbered, know almost nothing; and the few works of history and biography which cover the period of their lives, are, for the most part, so obscure and scarce, that the controversies and the conflicts, with the men who, under the Almighty Head, made the Church what it is to-day, are now well-nigh forgotten while there are yet those living who were contemporaries with them.
Those two early founders, Bishops Seabury and White, may be said to be exceptions to this rule; and as the story of their lives and work has been frequently told and is within easy reach of any who would seek it, it has seemed best to devote but little space to each; while yet no work on the worthies of the American Church, would be complete without referring to them.
No apology, the author believes, is necessary for the proportionately great amount of space devoted to the life of DeKoven, since his brilliant career has never before been sketched, and the material might not be accessible to most persons. Yet his peer can hardly be found, even in the galaxy of brilliant names which make up the roll of the Church's saints.
To enumerate all the works consulted in the compilation of this volume, does not seem necessary; yet not to name those which have been most freely drawn upon would be ungrateful indeed. Some of them are the following:
The Journals of General Convention, 1785-1835, compiled by the Bishop of Iowa.
Historical Notes and Documents; by the Bishop of Iowa.
A History of the American Episcopal Church; by the Rev. S. D. McConnell, D D.
Students' History of the Church of England; by the Rev. George G. Perry.
Memoirs of Bishop White.
McVickar's Life of Bishop Hobart.
Memoirs of Bishop Chase.
Life of Bishop Chase; by the Rev. John N. Norton, D. D.
Memoirs of Bishop George Washington Doane; edited by his son, William Croswell Doane, Bishop of Albany.
History of the Church in Burlington, N. J; by the Rev. George Morgan Hills, D. D.
Life of Bishop Hopkins; by his son, John Henry Hopkins, D. D.
Files of the Nashotah Scholiast, containing several historical series relating to Bishop Kemper and Dr. DeKoven.
Life of Dr. Muhlenberg; by Anne Ayres
Life of Dr. Muhlenberg; by William Wilberforce Newton, D. D.
Life of James Lloyd Breck; by his brother, Charles Breck, D. D.
Memoir of Bishop Welles; by the Rev. 8. S. Burleson.
Journals of General Convention.
Debates in General Convention.
Files of the Milwaukee Sentinel.
Official documents of Racine College.
Several numbers of the Church Eclectic.
Pamphlets and other documents relating to the episcopal elections in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Diocesan Journals of Wisconsin, Illinois and Massachusetts.