Thomas Vowler Short

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Thomas Vowler Short

Bishop of St Asaph
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Diocese Diocese of St Asaph
In office1846–1870
Predecessor William Carey
Successor Joshua Hughes
Other posts Bishop of Sodor and Man (1841–1846)
Personal details
Born(1790-09-16)16 September 1790
Dawlish, Devon
Died13 April 1872(1872-04-13) (aged 81)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
SpouseMary Davies (m.1833)
Profession Clergyman, academic
Education Westminster School
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Thomas Vowler Short (16 September 1790 13 April 1872) was an English academic and clergyman, successively Bishop of Sodor and Man and Bishop of St Asaph.

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He was the eldest son of William Short, Archdeacon of Cornwall, with Elizabeth Hodgkinson, and was born at Dawlish, Devon, where his father was then curate. After spending a year at Exeter grammar school Short was sent to Westminster School in 1803. He went with a studentship to Christ Church, Oxford, in 1809. He took a first class in classics and in mathematics in 1812, and in the following year was ordained deacon by the bishop of Oxford. He graduated B.A. 1813, M.A. 1815, B.D. 1824, D.D. 1837.

The Archdeacon of Cornwall is a senior cleric in the Church of England Diocese of Truro.

Dawlish town and civil parish in Teignbridge on the south coast of Devon in England

Dawlish is an English seaside resort town and civil parish in Teignbridge on the south coast of Devon, 12 miles (19 km) from the county town of Exeter and the larger resort of Torquay. Its population of 12,345 in 2001 had risen to about 16,000 by 2018, and was expected to grow significantly in coming years, as several large housing estates were under construction, mainly in the north and east of the town. It had grown in the 18th century from a small fishing port into a well-known seaside resort as did its near neighbour Teignmouth in the 19th century.

Devon County of England

Devon, also known as Devonshire, is a county of England, reaching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south. It is part of South West England, bounded by Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the north east, and Dorset to the east. The city of Exeter is the county town. The county includes the districts of East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, and West Devon. Plymouth and Torbay are each geographically part of Devon, but are administered as unitary authorities. Combined as a ceremonial county, Devon's area is 6,707 km2 and its population is about 1.1 million.

In 1814 Short became perpetual curate of Drayton, Oxfordshire, but he resigned this post to concentrate on a college tutorship. Circumstances, however, led him to become in 1816 the incumbent of Cowley, Oxfordshire; in 1823 of Stockleigh Pomeroy, Devon; and in 1826 of Kingsworthy, Hampshire. In 1821 he was Whitehall preacher. At Christ Church he became successively tutor and censor (1816–29), librarian (1823), catechist and Busby lecturer (1825), and in 1823 he served as proctor. He worked to improve the examination system at Oxford, but the changes he sought were not effected until after he had ceased to reside.

Perpetual curate class of resident parish priest or incumbent curate within the United Church of England and Ireland.

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Stockleigh Pomeroy village and civil parish in Mid Devon, Devon, England

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Hampshire County of England

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Though Short left Christ Church before the Oxford Movement really began, he was intimate with most of its leaders. Edward Pusey, a favourite pupil, acknowledged his influence, with affection and respect. Short examined John Henry Newman for his degree, and John Keble was among his close friends.

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In 1829 Short went to reside at Kingsworthy, but in 1831 he accepted an offer from Lord Chancellor Brougham of the rectory of St George's, Bloomsbury. He married, in 1833, Mary (Davies), widow of John Conybeare. In 1837 he was appointed deputy clerk of the closet to Queen Victoria, and four years later bishop of Sodor and Man. During an episcopate of five years Short mainly resided in the diocese, visiting the parishes and promoting the education of candidates for holy orders. In 1846 he was translated, on Lord John Russell's recommendation, to the see of St. Asaph. Here he for many years gave half of his episcopal income towards the needs of the diocese. Short resigned the see in 1870.

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In addition to tracts and single sermons, Short published 'Twenty Sermons on the Fundamental Truths of Christianity,' Oxford, 1829; 'Sketch of the History of the Church of England,' Oxford, 1832; 'Sadoc and Miriam' (anon.), London, 1832; and 'Letters to an Aged Mother' (anon.), London, 1811.


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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry Pepys
Bishop of Sodor and Man
Succeeded by
Walter Shirley
Preceded by
William Carey
Bishop of St Asaph
Succeeded by
Joshua Hughes

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