Frederic Dan Huntington, Bishop (1819 - 1904)

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Birthplace: Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Clergyman, missionary, author, school founder
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About Frederic Dan Huntington, Bishop

Frederic Dan Huntington (May 28, 1819, Hadley, Massachusetts – July 11, 1904, Hadley, Massachusetts) was an American clergyman and the first Protestant Episcopal bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.

Rev. Huntington founded the St. John's School, a military school, in 1869 in Manlius, New York and was its president until his death in 1904. In the 1920s, St. John's became known as the renowned military school, The Manlius School.

From Porter-Phelps-Huntington Family Papers

Frederic Dan, the youngest of Dan and Elizabeth Huntington's eleven children, was born in Hadley on May 28, 1819. He grew up on the farm at "Forty Acres" and went to college nearby in Amherst.

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  • 1839 Graduate as valdictorian from Amherst College.
  • 1840 (?) Prepared for the Unitarian ministry at Harvard Divinity School
  • 1840s Pastor of South Congregational Church in Boston
  • 1843 On September 4, married Hannah Dane Sargent, they lived on Beech Street in Boston.
  • 1855 Harvard Plummer Professor of Christian Morals
  • 1855 Obtained his brother's and sister's shares of the estate at "Forty Acres" so that he would inherit it himself, when his father died.
  • 1864 Inherited "Forty Acres", used it as a summer home
  • 1861 Entered priesthood of Episcopal church and became rector of Emmanuel Church in Boston's Back Bay
  • 1861-1869 Mission work, established Mission Chapel at Ternor Street and the Church of the Good Shepard
  • 1869 Appointed first Bishop of Central New York, moved to Syracuse
  • 1904 Died in Hadley on July 11

During his life, Bishop Huntington published numerous books and pamphlets, as well as weekly newspaper columns and many articles. He did editorial work for the Christian Register, the Monthly Religious Magazine, the Church Monthly, and The Gospel Messanger. Frederic Dan spoke and wrote on social readjustments and the relations of labor and capital. He was president of the Christian Social Union and the Church Association for the Advancement of the Interests of Labor.

The Bishop was also involved in raising funds for the erection of a number of institutions in the Syracuse area. These included the Protestant Hospital, the House of the Good Shepard, St. John's Military School for boys, St. Andrews Divinity School, and the Keeble School for girls.

Frederic Dan Huntington and his family loved the old home at "Forty Acres" in Hadley. They spent every summer there, usually arriving in June and leaving in September or sometimes October. Frederic Dan kept the farm running, with a caretaker to oversee things in the winter. During his time in the area, Bishop Huntington was closely involved in the beginnings of Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst. He and his wife are known to have been good friends of the Dickinson family.

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Rev. Frederic Dan Huntington's Timeline

1819
May 28, 1819
Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
1843
September 4, 1843
Age 24
1848
June 22, 1848
Age 29
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1904
July 11, 1904
Age 85
Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
1904
Age 84
Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States