An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Bristol College, Bristol, Pennsylvania

In 1825 the Rev. Drs. Gregory Townsend Bedell, James Milnor, and Stephen Higginson Tyng founded the Episcopal Education Society of Philadelphia. They began a manual labor college for prospective ministers near Wilmington, Delaware. It moved to Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and reopened as Bristol College on Oct. 2, 1833. It promoted the idea of “uniting manual labor with mental improvement.” The Rev. Chauncey Colton (d. 1876) was its only president. It closed in Feb. 1837 for lack of financial support.

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