Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Charles Nelson Spalding

The Rev. Charles Nelson Spalding was born on 20 April 1836 in Phelps, New York, the son of the Rev. Erastus Rufus Spalding and Laura Maria (Worster). Initially he taught mathematics at Shelton College in Kentucky. He then studied for the priesthood at General Theological Seminary and was ordained a deacon in 1863, but the outbreak of the Civil War led him to enlist in the Army. Returning from service, he again continued his studies and was ordained to the priesthood in 1872. He became rector of Christ Church in New Brighton, Pennsylvania and led the effort to construct St. Mary's Church in Beaver Falls. He married Mary Hewetson Appleton in Pennsylvania on 6 January 1876. He came to Lima, Indiana, in 1885 as rector of St. Mark's Church and later of Howe School, which became Howe Military School during his tenure. His efforts earned him a Doctorate of Divinity from Nashotah House in 1890. He left Indiana in 1895 and settled in Wheeling, West Virginia, as rector of St. Luke's Church, and then by 1900 was in Laurel, Delaware. His last post was as rector of St. John's Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He died in Philadelphia on 21 November 1914.


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