Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Warren Nelson Dunham

The Rev. Warren N. Dunham was born in Milton, Vermont, on 20 November 1822, the son of Jesse and Lucy (Davidson) Dunham. He marred (1) Julia Watson Burritt on 16 August 1852 in New Britain, Connecticut. Raised a Congregationalist, Dunham studied to be a doctor and then opted to be ordained an Episcopal priest in Kentucky in 1867. He had married his second wife, Lydia Worthington Downing, on 1 January 1866 in Bracken County, Kentucky. He came to Indiana, where Bishop Upfold stationed him as a missionary at Peru, serving there from 1870 to 1873. He later went went to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he left the Episcopal Church and became ordained as a Congregationalist. He served as pastor of South Church in Cheyenne, where he advertised as a marriage chaplain, especially for couples coming into Wyoming Territory from Colorado. He also endorsed a patent medicine called Duffy's Malt Whiskey and appeared in advertisements with several other ministers. He died in Cheyenne on 14 July 1908, at which time he was the oldest minister in the state.

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