An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Pusey, Edward Bouverie

(Aug. 22, 1800-Sept. 16, 1882). Tractarian leader. He was born at Pusey, Berkshire, England, and received his B.A. in 1822 and his M.A. in 1825 from Christ Church College, Oxford. In 1824 he became a fellow at Oriel College, Oxford, where he became closely associated with John Henry Newman and John Keble. Pusey was ordained deacon on June 1, 1828, and priest on Nov. 23, 1828. Late in 1828 he was named Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford and Canon of Christ Church, positions he held until his death. In 1833 the Tracts for the Times began to appear and the Tractarian movement commenced. Pusey wrote Tract 18, Thoughts on the Benefits of the System of Fasting enjoined by our Church, and thus became a part of the movement. His most famous tract was Scriptural Views of Holy Baptism, which was actually three tracts (Nos. 67, 68, and 69), published in 1835. Pusey became the leader of the Tractarian or Oxford movement when Newman joined the Roman Catholic Church in 1845. Pusey established the first Anglican sisterhood since the Reformation, the Sisterhood of the Holy Cross, in 1845. He died at the convent at Ascot Priory in Berkshire. His ministry is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of the church year on Sept. 18.

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