Bishop of Western New York
Full Name Arthur Cleveland Coxe
Born 10 May 1818 in Mendham, New Jersey
Died 20 July 1896 in Clifton Springs, New York
Buried Washington Street Cemetery, Geneva, New York
Elected 4 April 1896 at age seventy-seven
The Right Rev. Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Bishop of Western New York, was one of the most eloquent, able and learned divines of the Protestant Episcopal Church in this country.
From the time of his entry upon the chosen field of his labors, in 1842, until the time of his death he was a conspicuous figure, not only before his own country, but before the world, in all manner of church work, in the discussion of theological, religious and philanthropic questions, and in his contributions to literature.
The earliest years of his manhood laid a broad foundation for the eminence which he afterwards attained. While still a student, he had contributed to Blackwood’s Magazine, and published his “Christian Ballads,” which gave him high rank as a religious poet. His other works consisted of several volumes of poems, his “Impressions of England,” the “Apology for the English Bible,” and the edition in nine volumes of the “Ante-Nicene Fathers,” published by the Christian Literature Society, of which he was the founder. His correspondence was extensive with eminent clergymen of all nations. He was a lecturer at various universities, and a frequent contributor to the periodical press. Although unequaled as a controversialist, he was one of the most amiable and genial of men, a type of the gentleman of the old school. He was thoroughly familiar with classical literature, ancient and modern; earnest, fearless and profound; and these qualities, joined to his poetic temperament and fine personal presence, made him a rare and peculiar pulpit and platform orator and a great power in the church.
Henry E. Howland
1897 Century Association Yearbook