(1632-July 7, 1713). He was consecrated Bishop of Oxford on Dec. 6, 1674, and was the ninety-fourth Bishop of London from Feb. 6, 1676, until his death. As Bishop of London he had responsibility for the Church of England in the American colonies. He was the first Bishop of London to send or name commissaries for the colonies. On Dec. 15, 1689, Compton appointed James Blair as Commissary to Virginia, and in 1696 he appointed Thomas Bray as Commissary to Maryland. See Commissary.
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