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List of Chaplains
FirstLastServiceStateCountyPlaceSrc
EpiscopalWalter Dulaney 1810DCWashingtonUS Senate
BaptistBurgiss 1816DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
EpiscopalWalter 1875-1882NYOntario CoGeneva, Hobart College
Disciple of ChristEdward B. 1893DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistHenry Bidleman 1823DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
CongregationalJoshua 1840DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
Son of Zealous and Abigail (Nichols) Bates. Bom in Cohasset. Mass., March 20, 1776. Graduated, Harvard, 1800. Teacher, Phillips Andover Academy, 1800-1801. Studied theology with Rev. Jonathan French, Andover, Mass., 1801-1802. Ordained, 1803. Pastor, Dedharo, Mass., 1803- 1818. President, Middlebury College, 1818-1839. Chaplain, U. S. House of Representatives, during session of the twenty-sixth Congress. Pastor, Dudley, Mass., 1843-1854. Married (1) Anna Poor, Sept. 4, 1804. Children: Mary Hannah [Mrs. Henry Smith]; Abby; Joshua; John Cod man ; Prentiss ; William ; Anna [Mrs. James D. Butler]. Jane [Mrs. James Cobb] ; Samuel W.; Agnes; Daniel. Married (2) Maria Sage Latimer, Feb. 8, 1827. Child Maria [Mrs. Joseph Warner]. D. D., Yale, 1818. Died in Dudley, Mass., Jan. 14, 1854.
PresbyterianSamuel 1790DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistThomas 1864DCWashingtonUS Senate
CongregationalCharles B. 1865DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianJohn 1811DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianJohn 1822DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianBernard 1950DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
BaptistThomas W. 1840DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
BaptistObadiah Bruen 1807DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
BaptistObadiah Bruen 1809DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianJoseph J. 1879DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalClement Moore 1850DCWashingtonUS Senate
LutheranJohn George 1869DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
LutheranJohn George 1886DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianJohn Nicholson 1820DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
UnitarianWilliam Henry 1863DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
EpiscopalThomas John 1800DCWashingtonUS Senate

by John Wesley Jarvis, painter



Thomas John Claggett was born October 2, 1743, near Nottingham, Prince George county. He was the son of the Rev. Thomas Claggett, who died rector of William and Mary parish, Charles county, in August, 1756. His mother died soon after his birth. Left thus early an orphan, he was placed under the care of the Rev. Mr. Eversfield, his uncle, rector of the parish where he was born.

After having been prepared therefor at the Lower Marlboro' Academy, in Calvert county, he entered Princeton College, New Jersey, where he graduated in September, 1764. Having pursued a course of theological study under Mr. Eversfield, he repaired to England, and was ordained there as deacon by the bishop of London, September 20, 1767, and as priest, October 11, 1767.

Bishop Claggett's ancestor Thomas Claggett had come over from England and settled in Calvert county in 1671. He was the son of Colonel Edward Claggett, of London, a maternal ancestor of whom had been lord mayor of London, and a paternal ancestor lord mayor of Canterbury. Finding descendants of his ancient relatives in England, Mr. Claggett prolonged his stay there nearly a year, with great pleasure and advantage to himself.

On his return to Maryland, in the spring of 1768, he was placed in charge of St. Ann's church, Annapolis, during a vacancy in the rectorship, and in March, 1769, he became rector of All Saints parish, Calvert county.  There very early in his ministry he succeeded in building a large new church, which still remains. Soon after this he married Miss Gantt, the daughter of one of his parishioners. 

Mr. Claggett had entered the ministry in the troublous and exciting times preceding the Revolution; and when it began, he was found on the side of American liberty, and was placed on the county committee of correspondence. When, however, the convention wished to absolve the clergy from their canonical oaths, he refused to comply, and for some time performed the usual services at the point of the bayonet, but soon removed to his estate in Prince George county. On the death of the old rector, he took charge of the parish, though he had been invited to the charge of Queen Caroline parish, in Anne Arundel, and to that also of St. Thomas, Baltimore county.

The result of the contest with Great Britain he hailed as a 'glorious revolution.' In 1786 he became rector of St. James parish, Anne Arundel county, andwhile there, in 1792, was made bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Maryland. Soon after this he removed to his estate in Prince George, where he was also again rector of the parish. He suffered in his later years from frequent attacks of illness, but continued in his episcopate till his death, which took place in 1816, at the age of seventy-three.

PresbyterianJohn 1818DCWashingtonUS Senate
BaptistOliver C. 1836DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
BaptistSpencer Houghton 1815DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
EpiscopalRob Roy McGregor 1887NYOntario CoGeneva, Hobart College
MethodistGeorge Grimston 1839DCWashingtonUS Senate
UniversalistHenry N. 1895DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
Roman CatholicDaniel P. 2000DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistWilliam Mitchel 1844DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistHenry Clay 1855DCWashingtonUS Senate
MethodistJohn Price 1831DCWashingtonUS Senate
CongregationalSereno Edwards 1816DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianRobert 1806DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianRobert 1808DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianEdward L. R. 1969DCWashingtonUS Senate
LutheranJames D. 1979DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
EpiscopalJohn W. 1841DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianJames 1852DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
EpiscopalEdward 1801DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianJohn 1815DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalJohn Reinhard 1836DCWashingtonUS Senate
BaptistEdgar Harkness 1865DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianAshbel 1792DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianPhineas Densmore 1859DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianRalph Randolph 1830DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistSamuel W. 1893DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
UnitarianEdward Everett 1903DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianRichard C. 1981DCWashingtonUS Senate
MethodistWilliam 1832DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistFrederick Brown 1942DCWashingtonUS Senate
MethodistW. P. 1877DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
EpiscopalFrederick Winslow 1833DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalWilliam Dickinson 1817DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalEdward Young 1835DCWashingtonUS Senate
BaptistStephen P. 1856DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalWilliam Mortimer 1883-1887NYOntario CoGeneva, Hobart College
MethodistElias DeWitt 1883DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalHenry Van Dyke 1829DCWashingtonUS Senate
MethodistEdward G. 1967DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianJames 1804DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistJesse 1809DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistJesse 1814DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalJohn Summerfield 1883DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianWilliam 1789DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistThomas 1800DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistJohn Newland 1841DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianPeter 1947DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalA. T. 1804DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalCharles Pettit 1822DCWashingtonUS Senate
MethodistWilliam Henry 1845DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistWilliam Henry 1893DCWashingtonUS Senate
MethodistJames Shera 1921DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistLyttleton 1851DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
BaptistJoseph Johnston 1921DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalHenry Adams 1862-1864NYOntario CoGeneva, Hobart College
MethodistJohn Philip 1869DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianLloyd John 1995DCWashingtonUS Senate
BaptistWilliam 1801DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
EpiscopalZeBarney Thorne 1927DCWashingtonUS Senate
UnitarianUlysses Grant Baker 1909DCWashingtonUS Senate
Roman CatholicCharles Constantine 1832DCWashingtonUS Senate
MethodistJohn 1877DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianReuben 1819DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianReuben 1824DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
Disciple of ChristFrederick Dunglison 1881DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistF. J. 1903DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalSamuel 1789DCWashingtonUS Senate
MethodistLevi R. 1837DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistWilliam 1820DCWashingtonUS Senate
EpiscopalJohn Johnson 1806DCWashingtonUS Senate
MethodistHenry 1837DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianEdward Dunlap 1834DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
MethodistNicholas 1811DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
UnitarianJared 1821DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianWilliam T. S. 1846DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
BaptistWilliam 1823DCWashingtonUS Senate
MethodistThomas H. 1833DCWashingtonUS House of Representatives
PresbyterianByron 1861DCWashingtonUS Senate
PresbyterianByron 1873DCWashingtonUS Senate

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