Keene, Samuel, Dd

Keene, Samuel, D.D.

a Protestant Episcopal clergyman, was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, May 11, 1734. He graduated from the college in Philadelphia in June 1759; was ordained deacon by the bishop of Rochester in the palace at Fulham, England, September 21, 1760; and presbyter eight days after. He became incumbent of St. Ann's parish, Maryland, March 30, 1762; of St. Luke's parish, Queen Anne County, July 27, 1767; and in 1779 he was rector of Chester parish, which he served for two years, and then took charge of St. John's parish, Queen Anne and Caroline counties, probably in connection with St. Luke's, where he remained until 1792, living on his own estate. In 1803 he appears to have resigned St. Luke's, although still residing there, and in 1805 he became rector of St. Michael's Church, Talbot County, where he remained until his death, May 8,1810, but after 1807 ceased to be its rector. He was one of the committee of examiners appointed in 1783, one of the superintending committee of 1788 and 1789, and one of the standing committee from 1788 to 1795. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 5:311.

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