Thomas Strong (bishop)

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Thomas Strong

Bishop of Oxford
Bp Thomas Banks Strong.jpg
Portrait of Strong by William Orpen, c. 1923
Church Church of England
Province Canterbury
Diocese Oxford
In office1925–1937
Predecessor Hubert Burge
Successor Kenneth Kirk
Other post(s)
Ordination1885 (deacon)
1886 (priest)
Personal details
Thomas Banks Strong

(1861-10-24)24 October 1861
Died8 July 1944(1944-07-08) (aged 82)
Buried Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
OccupationPriest, theologian
Education Westminster School
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Thomas Banks Strong GBE (24 October 1861 – 8 July 1944) was an English Anglican bishop and theologian. He served as 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]


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 (1901–1920). [4] He received the degree Doctor of Divinity (DD) from the University of Oxford in January 1902. [5]

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.

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.

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  1. Ellie Clewlow, Strong, Thomas Banks (1861–1944), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , September 2004. doi : 10.1093/ref:odnb/36356
  2. "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  3. "Strong, Thomas Banks". The Concise Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. III: N–Z. Oxford University Press. 1995. pp. 1887–1888.
  4. "No. 27329". The London Gazette . 2 July 1901. p. 4399.
  5. "University intelligence – Oxford". The Times. No. 36681. London. 3 February 1902. p. 7.
  6. Strong, Thomas B., Internet Archive.
  7. Books by Thomas Banks Strong, Alibris.
  8. Thomas Banks Strong, Open Library.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Ripon
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Academic offices
Preceded by Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
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