Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Thomas Dowell Phillipps

The Rev. T. Dowell Phillipps was born in Bristol, England, on 16 April 1833, the son of Horatio Nelson and Sophia (McDowell) Phillipps. He came to Canada, where he graduated from Trinity College in Toronto with a BA in 1854 and an MA in 1857. He was ordained a deacon by the Bishop of Toronto in 1858 and a priest apparently the following year. He married Katherine Edith Meyer in 1864. Phillipps was a prominent Canadian cricket player in the 1860s and 1870s. and was part of several championship teams. He played for both Upper Canada College and Trinity College. In his ministerial career, he served as an assistant at Thorow in Ontario from 1858 to 1865, then went to Christ Church, Ottawa, from 1865 to 1877 and Trinity Church, Ottawa, from 1877 to 1881. He immigrated to the United States in 1881 and served a church in Williamson, Illinois, from 1881 to 1883. For several years there is no parish of record, but he was in Hammond, Indiana, in 1891, to serve as an early vicar of St. Paul's. By 1895 he had become rector of St. James in Chicago, and then the following year moved to St. Mark's in Geneva, Illinois. In 1909, he joined the faculty of the Arkansas School of Theology and took over the mission of St. Stephen's at Winslow. He continued to play cricket at the age of 75, teaching his students in Arkansas. He died in Oakland, California, on 6 January 1915 and was buried in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago.


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