An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Dix, Morgan

(Nov. 1, 1827-Apr. 29, 1908). Long-time rector of Trinity Church, New York City, and General Convention leader. He was born in New York City. Dix graduated from Columbia College in 1848 and from General Theological Seminary in 1852. He was ordained deacon on Sept. 19, 1852, and priest on May 22, 1853. He began his ministry as assistant minister at St. Mark's Church, Philadelphia, where he served from 1852 until 1855. At Trinity Church Dix served as assistant minister from 1855 to 1859, and assistant rector from 1859 to 1862. On Nov. 10, 1862, he was elected the ninth rector of Trinity Church. He served in that position until his death. Dix was the sixteenth president of the House of Deputies, serving five terms in that capacity, 1886-1898. For many years he was president of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of New York and a clerical deputy from New York to eight consecutive General Conventions, 1877-1898. Dix was a leader of catholic churchmanship. He was the author of many devotional works as well as the monumental History of the Parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York, 4 vols. (1898-1906). It treated the history of Trinity Church from its founding in 1697 until 1862. He died in New York City. Dix is commemorated by a monument in All Saints Chapel, Trinity Church.

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