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Bishop Charles McIlvaine



   Charles Petit McIlvaine was an important minister, educator, and writer. He was born in New Jersey in 1799, the son of Joseph McIlvaine, a U.S. senator. Charles received most of his education in eastern schools, graduating from Princeton University. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1823, and served in many church related posts in the east, including an appointment as chaplain and professor of ethics at West Point. While in Washington, he also served as chaplain of the U. S. Senate.

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William Jefferson Lahmon



   William Jefferson Lhamon was a Christian minister and writer. He was born in Gambier, Ohio in 1855, the son of Francis Marian and Julia Ann (Pharis) Lhamon. William graduated from Butler University in 1870 and was ordained for the ministry in the Disciples of Christ Church. He was married to Clara Ellen Frankeberger.

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Jean Baptiste Lamy



   Jean Baptiste Lamy was a well known missionary in early western America. He became famous by his being the hero in a popular novel. His Knox County connection was through his service to Catholic churches in the area.

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William Andrew Leonard



   William Andrew Leonard was an active minister and writer in the Episcopal Church during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. William Leonard was born in Connecticut in 1848. He was educated in Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, but spent part of his early youth in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Here he worked in a clothing store owned by a relative. William attended St. Stephens College in Anandale, New York and Berkeley Divinity School in Middletown, Connecticut. In 1873 he was elected a deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church, and two years later became a priest.

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Philander Chase


   One of the very important literary persons in the history of Knox County was Philander Chase, first president of Kenyon College. Chase was born in 1775 in New Hampshire, the son of Dudley and Alice (Corbett) Chase. Dudley was a farmer and a deacon in the Congregational Church. Philander early decided he wanted to be a farmer but yielded to his father’s wishes and enrolled in Dartmouth College in 1791, graduating in 1795. During his college days he joined the Episcopal Church and declared his intention to enter the ministry. In 1796 he married Mary Fay. He was ordained as a deacon in 1798 and as a priest in 1799.

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