Thomas Strong (bishop)

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Thomas Strong
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Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Oxford
In office
Preceded by Charles Buller Heberden
Succeeded by Herbert Edward Douglas Blakiston
Personal details
Born(1861-10-24)24 October 1861
Died8 July 1944(1944-07-08) (aged 82)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Thomas Banks Strong GBE (24 October 1861 – 8 July 1944) was an English theologian who was Bishop of Ripon and Oxford. [1] He was also Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and served as Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University during the First World War. [2]

Bishop of Ripon (modern diocese) diocesan bishop in the Church of England

The Bishop of Ripon was a diocesan bishop's title which took its name after the city of Ripon in North Yorkshire, England.

Diocese of Oxford Church of England diocese

The Diocese of Oxford is a Church of England diocese that forms part of the Province of Canterbury. The diocese is led by the Bishop of Oxford, and the bishop's seat is at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. It contains more church buildings than any other diocese and has more paid clergy than any other except London.


Thomas Strong was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he received a second-class degree in Literae Humaniores in 1883. [3] He became a deacon in 1885 and a priest in 1886. At Christ Church, Strong was successively Lecturer (1884), Student (1888), Censor (1892), and then Dean (1901 [4] –1920). He received the degree Doctor of Divinity (DD) from the University of Oxford in January 1902. [5]

Westminster School school in Westminster, London, England

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Deacon ministry in the Christian Church

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In 1920 he was appointed Bishop of Ripon, and in 1925 was translated as Bishop of Oxford, serving as such, and as Clerk of the Closet and Chancellor of the Order of the Garter until 1937.

The Bishop of Oxford is the diocesan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Oxford in the Province of Canterbury; his seat is at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. The current bishop is Steven Croft, following the confirmation of his election to the See on 6 July 2016.

The College of Chaplains of the Ecclesiastical Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom is under the Clerk of the Closet, an office dating from 1437. It is normally held by a diocesan bishop, who may however remain in office after leaving his see. The current Clerk is James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle.

Chancellor of the Order of the Garter

The Chancellor of the Order of the Garter is an officer of the Order of the Garter.

Strong produced a number of theological publications. [6] [7] [8]

He became a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in 1918. He was buried at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where there is a memorial stone with a Latin inscription. [9]

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford Church in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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Selected books

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Drury
Bishop of Ripon
Succeeded by
Edward Burroughs
Preceded by
Hubert Burge
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Kenneth Kirk
Academic offices
Preceded by
Francis Paget
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Succeeded by
Henry Julian White
Preceded by
Charles Buller Heberden
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Herbert Edward Douglas Blakiston