Manning, (Rt. Rev.) William T. Papers

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Manning, (Rt. Rev.) William T. Papers


  • 1902-1949 (Creation)


.4 cu.ft. (1 box)

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The Rt. Rev. William T. Manning received his theological training in the University of the South at Sewanee, where he served as a professor of dogmatic theology from 1893-1895. In 1908, Manning became rector of St. Agnes Chapel in New York. He became the fifth Bishop of New York in 1921. As a staunch theological conservative, Bishop Manning championed the sanctity of marriage and prevented the Reverend Percy S. Grant from marrying a divorcee in 1921. He became embroiled in a bitter battle of recriminations with Judge Ben B. Lindsey on the issue of "companionate marriage" in 1930. On other issues, Bishop Manning took a liberal stance, particularly of worship for integrated congregational worship.

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Sermons, addresses, clippings, correspondence and photographs are found in this selection of Bishop Manning’s papers. Newspaper and magazine clippings chronicle some of more controversial events in his service as Bishop of New York, such as the Judge Lindsey dispute of 1930. A small group of correspondence includes letters and postcards sent by Bishop Manning to a variety of recipients. Also included are seven 8" x 10" photographs of Manning dating from 1922-1944.


Sermons and Addresses, 1909-1946
Clippings, 1921-1946
Correspondence, 1902-1949

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  • English

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