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Tunnell, William Victor

(d. Dec. 23, 1943). African American theological educator. He received his B.A. from Howard University. Tunnell was the second African American student to be admitted to the General Theological Seminary and received his B.D. in 1887. He was ordained deacon on June 5, 1887, and priest on Dec. 18, 1887. From 1888 until 1890 he was minister-in-charge of St. Augustine's Mission, Brooklyn, New York. From 1891 until 1892 he was rector of St. Augustine's Church, Brooklyn. In 1892 he became professor of history at Howard University. From 1893 until 1907 Tunnell was warden of King Hall, Howard University. King Hall had been established in 1889 to train African American clergy for the Episcopal Church. It operated until 1908. From 1908 until 1928 he was priest-in-charge of St. Philip's Chapel, Washington, D.C. Some time after 1928 Tunnell moved to Toronto, Ontario, where he lived in retirement. He died in Toronto.

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