An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Shoup, Francis Asbury

(Mar. 22, 1834-Sept. 4, 1896). Priest and seminary professor. He was born in Laurel, Indiana. He attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He later entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he graduated in 1855. In 1860 he resigned from the Army, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in Indianapolis. Shoup moved to St. Augustine to practice law. When the Civil War began, he entered the Confederate Army. During the war he met some Episcopalians and was baptized and confirmed on the battlefield by Bishop Stephen Elliott. After teaching mathematics at the University of Mississippi, he was ordained deacon on Dec. 20, 1868, and priest on May 2, 1869. From 1869 until 1875 he was professor of mathematics at the University of the South, and from 1869 until 1871 he was acting chaplain of the university. From 1871 until 1875 Shoup was the professor of ecclesiastical history and polity at the university, and from 1870 until 1875 he was the rector of St.-Paul's-on-the-Mountain, Sewanee. After serving parishes in Waterford, New York, Nashville, Tennessee, and New Orleans, he returned to the University of the South as professor of engineering and physics. Shoup died in Columbia, Tennessee.

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