Thomas Underwood Dudley

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Thomas Underwood Dudley

D.D., D.C.L., LL.D.
Bishop of Kentucky
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Church Episcopal Church
Diocese Kentucky
In office1884–1904
Predecessor Benjamin B. Smith
Successor Charles E. Woodcock
OrdinationJune 26, 1868
by  Francis McNeece Whittle
ConsecrationJanuary 27, 1875
by  Benjamin B. Smith
Personal details
Born(1837-09-26)September 26, 1837
Richmond, Virginia, United States
DiedJanuary 22, 1904(1904-01-22) (aged 66)
New York City, New York, United States
Buried Cave Hill Cemetery
Nationality American
Denomination Anglican
ParentsThomas Underwood Dudley & Martha Maria Friend
SpouseFanny Berkeley Cochran (m. 1859, d. 1865)
Virginia Fisher Rowland (m. 1869, d. 1876)
Mary Elizabeth Aldrich (m. 1881)
Previous post(s)Coadjutor Bishop of Kentucky (1875-1884)
Alma mater University of Virginia

Thomas Underwood Dudley (September 26, 1837 - January 22, 1904) was an American prelate who served as the second Bishop of Kentucky in The Episcopal Church.


Early life and education

Dudley was born in Richmond, Virginia on September 26, 1837, the son of Thomas Underwood Dudley and Martha Maria Friend. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1858, where he taught Latin and Greek until the American Civil War. He served in the Confederate States Army through the war, attaining the rank of Major. [1] After the war, he studied at the Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated in 1867. [2]

Ordained Ministry

Dudley was ordained deacon on June 28, 1867, and priest on June 26, 1868. [3] He then became rector of Emmanuel Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, before becoming rector of Christ Church in Baltimore, Maryland in 1869, where he remained till 1875. [4]


In 1874 Dudley was elected Coadjutor Bishop of Kentucky and was consecrated on January 27, 1875, by Presiding Bishop and Bishop of Kentucky Benjamin B. Smith. He succeeded as bishop of the diocese in 1884, following the death of Bishop Benjamin B. Smith. [1] At his death in 1904, Dudley was chairman of the House of Bishops and chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Bishop T. U. Dudley Dies Suddenly in this City: came from Kentucky to attend funeral of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Aldrich" (PDF). New York Times . January 23, 1904. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  2. Fleming, W. L. (2002). The South in the Building of the Nation: Biography A-J, p. 299. Pelican Publishing, Gretna, LA. ISBN   1589809467.
  3. Kleber, John, E. (2014). The Kentucky Encyclopedia, p. 272. University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. ISBN   0813159016.
  4. Kleber, John, E. (2014). The Encyclopedia of Louisville, p. 256. University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. ISBN   0813149746.
Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by 2nd Bishop of Kentucky
1884-1904 (Coadjutor Bishop, 1875-1884)
Succeeded by