William White, the son of Colonel Thomas White and his second wife, Esther (Hewlings) White, was born in Philadelphia. Following his graduation from the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) he went to England where he was ordained a priest of the Church of England in 1772. He returned to America and during the Revolution he was chaplain to the Continental Congress; he was active for many years afterward in establishing the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.
Bequest of Ann E. Bishop
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