Moreland, William Hall

William Hall Moreland, first bishop of Sacramento and 188th in succession in the American episcopate, was born in Charleston, S.C., April 9, 1861; son of Edward McCreight and Caroline (Hall) Moreland; grandson of Andrew Moreland and of William Hall, and a descendant of Thomas Smith, first landgrave of the colony of South Carolina, 1665. He was graduated at the University of the South, B.Lt., 1881, A.M., 1881, B.S., in 1881; was graduated at Berkeley Divinity school in 1884; was ordained deacon, June 4, 1884; was assistant at Christ church, Hartford, Conn., 1884-85; ordained priest, Aug. 12, 1885, and was rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd at Nashua, N.H., 1885-93, during which time, by a canvass of the diocese, he raised $32,000 toward the erection of an Episcopal residence at Concord, N.H. He was married, Sept. 6, 1893, to Harriet E., daughter of Charles Slason of Nashua, N.H. He was rector of St. Luke's church, San Francisco, Cal., 1893-99, and dean of the convocation, 1896-99. He was elected missionary bishop of Sacramento in 1898, and was consecrated, Jan. 25, 1899, by Bishops Nichols, Leonard, Kendrick, Barker, Johnson and Perrin, being the youngest bishop in the world at the time of his consecration. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of the South in 1899. He is the author of What is Christianity (1886); and The Church or the Churches, Which? (1894). 

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor

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