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Levi Silliman Ives

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Title

Levi Silliman Ives

Contributor

Mullen, Lincoln

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Names

Ives, Levi Silliman

Birth Date

1797-09-16

Birthplace

Meriden, CT

Death Date

1867-10-13

Place of death

New York, NY

Sex

male

Race

white

Family Relations

Ives, Rebecca Hobart (wife)

Occupation

deacon (Episcopal)
priest (Episcopal)
bishop (Episcopal)
philanthropist

Places of residence

Biographical Text

Levi Silliman Ives was born in Connecticut to a Presbyterian family. When he was 20 years old he experienced a religious awakening and became a member of that church. In 1819 he became Episcopalian. He studied in Philadelphia to become an Episcopal priest. In 1831 he became an Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina. Influenced by the Tractarian movement, Ives converted to Roman Catholicism on Christmas Day, 1852. He converted in Rome before Pope Pius IX. He later founded the New York Catholic Protectory, an institution for the care of children. His wife, Rebecca Hobart Ives, also converted to Roman Catholicism. Ives wrote a book, The Trials of a Mind in Its Progress to Catholicism: A Letter to His Old Friends.

Biographical Quotation

According to Clarke: "On Christmas day, 1852, he made his profession of Catholic faith to Pope Pius IX, and laid his episcopal ring at the Sovereign Pontiff's feet."

Bibliography

Levi Silliman Ives, The Trials of a Mind in Its Progress to Catholicism: A Letter to His Old Friends (London: Thomas Richardson, 1854). Google Books.
Richard H. Clarke, "Our Converts" American Catholic Quarterly Review 18, no. 71: 539–561.
Michael Taylor Malone, "Levi Silliman Ives: Priest Bishop, Tractarian, and Roman Catholic Convert" (PhD dissertation, Duke University, 1970).
Catholic Encyclopedia (1913), s.v. "Levi Silliman Ives."
Hermon Griswold Batterson, A Sketch-book of the American Episcopate (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1878). Google Books.

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“Levi Silliman Ives,” The American Converts Database, accessed June 24, 2017, http://americanconverts.org/items/show/690.

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