Bishop William White and Religious Freedom

Color image of a detail of a painting of Bishop William White.  White has powdered hair and blue eyes.
Detail, William White by Charles Willson Peale, from life, 1788

Independence National Historical Park


White was chaplain of the Continental Congress and later of the United States Senate. Raised and ordained in the Church of England, in 1787 White became one of the first consecrated Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America. He supported religious toleration but he carried a theologian's skepticism of the doctrines of different faiths.

Visit the Bishop William White house in Independence Park to learn more.


Last updated: July 20, 2016

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