Samuel Parker (August 17, 1744 – December 6, 1804) was an American Episcopal Bishop. He was the second bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts .

Education and Ordination

Parker was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire , the son of William Parker, a lawyer and judge during the American Revolution . [2] He graduated from Harvard University in 1764, and taught for several years.

After being offered a job as assistant rector of Trinity Church, Boston , he was ordained deacon and priest in London in February 1774. He began as assistant rector at Trinity in November 1774, becoming rector in 1779. After the Revolution, he helped build churches with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel .

In 1803, Parker was unanimously elected second bishop of Massachusetts. He was consecrated September 16, 1804, in Trinity Church, New York , but developed gout and never served in the post. He died in Boston on December 6, 1804.


Samuel Parker was the 10th bishop consecrated in the Episcopal Church .


  • Annual Election Sermon before the Legislature of Massachusetts (1793)
  • Sermon for the Benefit of the Boston Female Asylum (1803)

Family life

His son Samuel Hale Parker was a publisher and bookseller. His youngest son, Richard Green Parker , was a noted educator.

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