Was born in Manchester, England, in 1855. Came to this country in 1848, and settled in Wisconsin. He graduated at the University of Wisconsin in 1859.
He was elected Vice-President of Gainsville Univ., and remained there two years, when he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was stationed at Oshkosh. While he was ministering to this church, the War of the Rebellion began. He resigned his charge, and became chaplain of the 2nd. Wis. Infantry. His health became so impaired that he returned home at the end of a year’s service.
He was appointed Pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Appleton, and elected Prof. of Nat. Science in the Lawrence Univ., but he could not keep his heart from yearning for a part in the defense of his country. He was chiefly instrumental in organizing the 40th. Wis. Infantry, known as the Normal Regiment, from the fact that it was largely composed of teachers and students. He was made Lieut. Col. He served afterward as Colonel of the 49th. Reg’t., and was at the close of the war brevetted Brigadier-General for meritorious services.
Upon returning to civil life, he was appointed to Summerfield church, and afterwards to Spring Street. During the latter pastorate, he was appointed by Governor Fairchild in 1871, State Supt. of public instruction, and was twice thereafter elected by the people to the same office.
The Degree of D.D. was confirmed by Lawrence Univ. in 1873. In 1874 he became President of Wes. Univ. at Bloomington, Ill. In 1875, he allied himself to the Reformed Episcopal movement, and accepted a call to St. Paul’s Church, Chicago, of which he is still Rector. In 1876, he was elected Bishop. He now has Episcopal supervision of the West and Northwest.
He has written several volumes, besides contributing to the current literature of the day, and has become a writer of considerable note.
– Biography by Ralph Lane Lawrence, 1952