Samuel Parker (bishop of Massachusetts)

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Samuel Parker
Born (1744-08-17)August 17, 1744
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died December 6, 1804(1804-12-06) (aged 60)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard
Occupation Episcopal Bishop
Known for Second bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
Relatives Samuel Hale Parker
Samuel Hale Parker

Samuel Parker (August 17, 1744 – December 6, 1804) was an American Episcopal Bishop. He was the second bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

Education and Ordination

Parker was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the son of William Parker, a lawyer and judge during the American Revolution.[1] He graduated from Harvard University in 1764, and taught for several years.

After being offered a job as assistant rector of Trinity Church, Boston, he was ordained deacon and priest in London in February 1774. He began as assistant rector at Trinity in November 1774, becoming rector in 1779. After the Revolution, he helped build churches with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

In 1803, Parker was unanimously elected third bishop of Massachusetts. He was consecrated September 16, 1804, in Trinity Church, New York, but developed gout and never served in the post. He died in Boston on December 6, 1804.


Samuel Parker was the 10th bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church.


  • Annual Election Sermon before the Legislature of Massachusetts (1793)
  • Sermon for the Benefit of the Boston Female Asylum (1803)

Family life

His son Samuel Hale Parker was a publisher and bookseller. His youngest son, Richard Green Parker, was a noted educator.

See also


  1. Sprague, William Buell (1859). Annals of the American Pulpit: Episcopalian. 1859. Robert Carter & Brothers. p. 296.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Edward Bass
Bishop of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Alexander Viets Griswold