Greer, David Hummel

(Mar. 20, 1844-May 19, 1919). Bishop and opponent of war. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. Greer graduated from Washington College, Washington, Pennsylvania, in 1862. From 1863 until 1866, he studied at the Bexley Hall Divinity School. He was ordained deacon on June 27, 1866, and began his ordained ministry at Christ Church, Clarksburg, West Virginia. On May 19, 1868, he was ordained priest. From 1868 until 1871, he was rector of Trinity Church, Covington, Kentucky. He was rector of Grace Church, Providence, Rhode Island, 1872-1888, and later rector of St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City, 1888-1904. On Jan. 26, 1904, Greer was consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of New York, and he became the eighth Bishop of New York on July 21, 1908. He served in that position until his death. During his episcopate he supported the continuing construction of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and he opposed the entrance of the United States into World War I. Greer died in New York City.