Shelton, Philo

Shelton, Philo, an Episcopal clergyman, was born at Ripton (now Huntington), Conn., May 5, 1754. He graduated at Yale College in. 1775, and studied theology, probably with Rev. James Scoville, of Waterbury. He was ordained deacon Aug. 3, 1785, and priest on September 16. On February 24 preceding, he received a call from Fairfield, North Fairfield, and Stratfield, which he accepted. Here he labored until he entered into rest, Feb. 22, 1825. Mr. Shelton "was distinguished for simplicity, integrity, and an honest and earnest devotion to the interests of pure and undefiled religion." He was one of the clergymen who were instrumental in securing a charter for Trinity College, Hartford, which was accomplished by a union with a political party, then in the minority. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit 5, 349.

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