Wilberforce, Samuel, Dd
Wilberforce, Samuel, D.D.
an English prelate, son of William Wilberforce, was born at Clapham, Sept. 7,1805. He graduated at Oriel College, Oxford; in 1826; became curate of Chickenden, Oxfordshire, in 1828; rector of Brixton (Brightstone), Isle of Wight, in 1830; select preacher before the University of Oxford inn 1837; rector of Alverstoke, Hants, archdeacon of Surrey, and chaplain to prince Albert, all in 1839; canon of Winchester Cathedral in 1840; sub-almoner to the queen in 1844; dean of Westminster and select preacher before the University of Oxford in 1845; bishop of Oxford, to which is attached the office of chancellor of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, in November of the same year; lord high almoner to the queen in November, 1847, and bishop of Winchester in October, 1869. He was killed by a fall from his horse while riding near Dorking, July 19, 1873. He was one of the ablest debaters in the House of Lords, and for his versatility of opinions was known as "Slippery Samuel." He was very popular in the highest society, was a leader of the High-Church party, but an opponent of Ritualism. He was the author of, Note Book of a Country Clergyman (1833): — Eucharistica (1839): — History of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America (1844): — Heroes of Hebrew History (1870): — and many other miscellaneous works, including sermons, charges, stories, etc.