Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Frederick Durbin Harriman

The Rev. Frederick D. Harriman was born in Windsor, Maine, on 15 September 1823, the son of the Rev. Jesse and Sophia (Hilton) Harriman. His father was a Methodist minister. Frederick graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 1845 and was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1848. After serving the combined parishes of Bantam and Milton, Connecticut, from 1848 to 1850, he came to Indiana. He served as an assistant at St. John's Church in Lafayette, serving under Bishop Upfold, its rector, and then became a missionary at Trinity Church in Logansport from 1850 to 1852, also under Upfold's direction. He also attended the pulpit nearby at Peru during the same period. Later returning to the East, he served parishes at Woodbury and Middle Haddam, Connecticut, and was  instrumental in establishing St. Philip's Church at Wiscasset, Maine, in 1856. He also served for five years as agent for the Church Book Society of New York. In 1870 and 1880 he resided in Hartford. According to a biographical sketch composed by his son, the Rev. F. W. Harriman, the elder Frederick served as secretary of the Society for the Increase of the Ministry, which assisted divinity students with the cost of their education. He devoted his later years to study. "He possessed an unusual knowledge of historical as well as theological subjects, was well informed as the principles on which our government was founded, and was thoroughly American and patriotic in all his convictions." He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He died at his son's rectory in Windsor, Connecticut, on 18 May 1897 and was buried in Trinity Church Cemetery, Portland, Connecticut.