Waterman, Henry, Dd

Waterman, Henry, D.D.

an Episcopal clergyman, was born at Centreville, Warwick, R.I., August 17, 1813, and was a graduate of Brown University in the cass of 1831. 'He pursued his theological studies, in part, at Cambridge, at a school taught by Reverend John Henry Hopkins and Reverend George Washington Doane, which. on their appointment as bishops — the one of the diocese of Vermont, and the other of the diocese of New Jersey — was given up. Mr. Waterman completed his course of study at the Episcopal Seminary in New York, and was ordained deacon by bishop Griswold, at Providence, in June 1835, and presbyter by the same, at Boston, in 1837. He commenced the active duties of the ministry at Woonsocket, R.I., as rector of St. James's Church, where he remained six years (1835-41), and then took charge of the parish of St. Stephen's in Providence, commencing his ministry in November 1841. Here he continued for four years (1841-45), and then went to Andover, Massachusetts, where he was rector of Christ Church until June 1849. He spent nearly a year in foreign travel for his health, and, on his return, in the summer of 1850, he again became rector of St. Stephen's Church, occupying that position until October 1874, a period of twenty-four years, during which a strong and vigorous parish grew up under his administration. Resigning his parish, he continued to reside in Providence, preaching in different parts of Rhode Island and other places as his health allowed him. His death occurred in Providence October 18, 1876. "Dr. Waterman," says Prof. Gammell, "was an instructive and effective preacher, and a careful student of the works of the old English divines, and was thoroughly Anglican in all his ecclesiastical views. Beyond his immediate sphere as a clergyman, he seldom cared to appear in public. In that sphere, however, he exerted a very important influence, and was greatly respected by his brethren." (J.C.S.)

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