Thomas Strong (bishop)

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Thomas Banks Strong
Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Oxford
In office
Preceded by Charles Buller Heberden
Succeeded by Herbert Edward Douglas Blakiston
Personal details
Born (1861-10-24)24 October 1861
Died 8 July 1944(1944-07-08) (aged 82)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Religion Church of England

The Very Rev. Thomas Banks Strong GBE DD (24 October 1861 – 8 July 1944) was an English theologian who was Bishop of Ripon and Oxford.[1] He was also Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and served as Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University during the First World War.[2]

Thomas Strong was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he received a 2nd class degree in Literae Humaniores in 1883.[3] He became a deacon in 1885 and a priest in 1886. At Christ Church, Strong was successively Lecturer (1884), Student (1888), Censor (1892), and then Dean (1901[4]–1920). He received the degree Doctor of Divinity (DD) from the University of Oxford in January 1902.[5]

In 1920 he was appointed Bishop of Ripon, and in 1925 he transferred as Bishop of Oxford, serving as such until 1937.

Strong produced a number of theological publications.[6][7][8] He became a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in 1918. He was buried at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where there is a memorial stone with a Latin inscription.[9]

Selected books

  • Christian Ethics: Eight Lectures (Longmans, Green and Co., 1896)
  • A Manual of Theology (1903)
  • God and the Individual (1903; Kessinger Publishing Company, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4368-5986-8)
  • Lectures on the Method of Science (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1906)
  • Visitation Charge of the Bishop of Oxford at the Diocesan Visitation 1931 (Oxford University Press, 1931)


  1. Ellie Clewlow, Strong, Thomas Banks (1861–1944), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, September 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/36356
  2. "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 13, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Strong, Thomas Banks". The Concise Dictionary of National Biography. Volume III: N–Z. Oxford University Press. 1995. pp. 1887–1888.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27329. p. 4399. 2 July 1901.
  5. "University intelligence - Oxford" The Times (London). Monday, 3 February 1902. (36681), p. 7.
  6. Strong, Thomas B., Internet Archive.
  7. Books by Thomas Banks Strong, Alibris.
  8. Thomas Banks Strong, Open Library.
  9. Thomas Banks Strong (1861 – 1944), Find a Grave Memorial.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Francis Paget
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Succeeded by
Henry Julian White
Preceded by
Charles Buller Heberden
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Herbert Edward Douglas Blakiston
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Drury
Bishop of Ripon
Succeeded by
Edward Arthur Burroughs
Preceded by
Hubert Murray Burge
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Kenneth E. Kirk