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November 28: Silas Hare (1908)

Silas Hare was a soldier, explorer, lawyer, judge, and legislator.  He was born on November 13, 1827, in Ross County, Ohio. He was raised by his grandfather until the age of fourteen, when he walked barefoot 100 miles to rejoin his mother and family, who had moved to Indiana after his father’s death. During the Mexican War, Hare was a private in the First Indiana Infantry. Seeking to improve his health, Hare traveled to Mexico, Central America, the Sandwich Islands, Oregon, and California. He subsequently moved his family to Belton, Texas, to be near his wife’s relatives and enjoy the warm climate. He practiced law for six years but in 1858 joined the Hardeman expedition to explore the Panhandle and Llano Estacado. Due to numerous hardships, all but eight of the original party of ninety men had returned home when Hare and the remainder, near death from thirst, discovered artesian pools (now called the Hundred Springs) in the Sand Hills.

The Hare family was living in Mesilla, New Mexico, when the Civil War broke out. In June 1861 United States troops evacuated Fort Stanton and Captain Hare entered the fort and proclaimed New Mexico part of the Confederate States. He was appointed chief justice of the territory but resigned in 1862 to join the Confederate Army. In San Antonio he was appointed captain and quartermaster in the Arizona Brigade and remained with this unit throughout the war; he was promoted to major in 1863. After the war Hare located his family in Sherman, Texas, where he founded the Sherman Courier. He formed a partnership with Joseph Bledsoe and became one of the most successful civil and criminal lawyers in North Texas. He was appointed criminal judge of the Dallas, Collin, and Grayson district in 1873. He was elected to two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. After failing to be re-nominated, he resumed his law practice in Washington, D.C. Hare died on November 26, 1908. His funeral was at Epiphany. Four years later, his second wife’s funeral was held there as well.

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November 27: Tullio Suzzara Verdi (1902)

Dr. Tullio Suzzara Verdi was a homeopathic physician in Washington, D.C. in the latter 19th Century. A native of Italy, Verdi was born in 1829 in Mantua. After arriving in the U.S. in 1850, he met Giuseppe Garibaldi who gave him letters of introduction to the Professor of Modern Languages at Brown University in Rhode Island. There he supported himself by the teaching of French and Italian, learning English along the way. After only two years, he had learned English well enough to lecture on the Italian revolution. Throughout his professorship, he studied medicine in his leisure hours under Dr. Okie, an eminent Providence homeopath. In 1854, he attended medical lectures in Philadelphia from which he received diplomas from both the allopathic and the homeopathic schools. While he practiced successfully first in Newport, R. I., in 1857, he moved to Washington, D.C., to seek a larger stage.

In 1860, Verdi married Rebecca Dewey at the Church of the Epiphany. The couple’s first child, Sophia Matilda, was baptized at the church in June 1864 and buried from there one month later. A second daughter, Sophie Wilkins, was baptized in 1867. Dr. Verdi’s office was located at 14th and H Streets. One of his patients was Secretary of State William Seward. Verdi was the first to respond after Seward was attacked on the night of Lincoln’s assassination. Verdi was elected to the staff of the National Homeopathic Hospital after it was created in 1881. In March 1871, he was given a Presidential appointment as a member of the first and only District of Columbia Board of Health created by Congress. That Board elected him Secretary, Health Officer of the District and Chairman of the Sanitary Commission. It was his energy that led to the obtaining from Congress of the Charter for the Washington Homeopathic Medical Society, for which he served two years as president.

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November 26: John Park Finley (1943)

John Park Finley was an American meteorologist and Army Signal Service officer who was the first person to study tornadoes intensively. Born in 1854 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of a successful farmer, Finley was uncommonly educated for his time. He completed a course in classical studies at the State Normal College, obtained a bachelor of science degree and later a master of science at Michigan State Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Michigan State University), where he studied the effect of weather and climate on agriculture. He spent another year studying law at the University of Michigan. Even after enlisting in the Signal Corps in 1877 and completing its meteorological instruction, Finley enrolled as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland with the intention of further preparing for his research into tornadoes and cyclones. While living in Washington, Finley’s daughters were baptized at Epiphany, Flora in 1882 and Mary Louise in 1884.

During the 19th Century, while others were debating about the theory and morphology of tornadoes, Finley set out to prove that tornadoes, like other weather phenomena, could be forecast. He developed forecast rules and made experimental forecasts. His forecasting and analysis activities made him the center of controversy during most of his professional life and led to open debate, but he set precedents in meteorological forecasting that are still valid today. His career as a meteorologist started while he was a private in the U.S. Army. His interest continued even when he had achieved the rank of captain and was civil governor of Zamboanga in the Philippines. After his retirement as a colonel, he again became active as a private meteorologist, first establishing a business that provided insurance underwriters with meteorological data for assessing risks, and then opening a school of theoretical and applied meteorology and climatology.

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November 25: John Sanford Mason (1897)

John Sanford Mason was a career officer in the United States Army who served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Mason was born in Steubenville, Ohio. After attending local schools, he was admitted to West Point in 1843. From his graduation in 1847 until he retired at age 64, he pursued only a military career. He began service with garrison duty in Tampico during the Mexican War. During the next twelve years he served in forts in Rhode Island and California, before finally being stationed at Fort Vancouver, Washington at the outbreak of the civil war. In October 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 4th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which he led in the fall and winter campaigns of Western Virginia in the force commanded by General James Shields. He served briefly under McClellan during the Peninsula Campaign at the battle at Harrison’s Landing. He was promoted to brigadier general in November 1862 and commanded a brigade under Sedgewick’s II Corps of the Right Grand Division at Fredericksburg. In April 1863, Mason was assigned to recruiting duty, first in Ohio, and later in California and Nevada.

After the war, Mason served in a number of posts on the Western Frontier during the 1870’s and the 1880’s. Four years after the death of his first wife, Mason married Cornelia Marie Wilson at the Church of the Epiphany. When he retired in 1888, he made his home in Washington, D. C. until his death. Mason was a cousin of President James A. Garfield’s wife Lucretia and during the Garfield administration Mason served as Deputy Governor of the Soldiers Home at Washington. Following his death, his funeral was at Epiphany. He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

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November 24: Timothy Winston Childs (2000)

Timothy Winston Childs was a Foreign Service officer and also a scholar of Middle Eastern current affairs and history. Childs was born in New York City and graduated from Yale University. After a two-year stint in the Army, he received a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and later a PhD in European and Middle Eastern History from Georgetown University. Childs lectured on and off for twenty years at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. He also taught courses on the history of the Ottoman Empire at Georgetown’s Center for Turkish Studies in Alanya, Turkey. In 1990, Childs authored the book, Italo-Turkish Diplomacy and the War Over Libya, 1911-1912.

Childs served in the State Department’s Foreign Service from 1961 to 1973, with assignments in Syria, Iran and Washington. He was a political and economic affairs officer. He was an advisory editor to the Middle East Journal, a member of the board of governors of the Middle East Institute in Washington, and a director of American Near East Refugee Aid. When at home in Washington, Child served as chairman of the steering committee of the Friends of Music of the Smithsonian Institution, a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, and a vestry member of the Church of the Epiphany. Childs’ wife Hope served as Epiphany’s Junior Warden in the 1990s. Following his November 22 death, a memorial service for Childs took place at Epiphany. Former rector and friend Edgar Romig returned to offer the homily. Romig’s sister taught at Robert College in Istanbul, where Childs was a member of the board.

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November 23: Thanksgiving Day Sermons (1915-17)

At three successive Thanksgiving Day services (1915-17), Epiphany rector Randolph McKim preached sermons on America’s involvement in World War I. At the end of the war, these sermons plus six others of the era were published together in a booklet entitled For God and Country. The following review of the pamphlet comes from the December 7, 1918 issue of The Living Church.

“Dr. Randolph H. McKim, whose voice and pen have been magnificently lifted for the cause of righteousness and justice since the war began, has gathered into a volume entitled For God and Country a series of nine sermons and addresses on war topics. They begin with a sermon on The National Crisis preached shortly after the Lusitania atrocity. The second is Dr. McKim’s Thanksgiving Day sermon of 1915, when he searchingly asked his Washington congregation, “ Have we done our duty to ourselves? Have we done our duty to mankind?”

“Consider,” he said, “we allowed the neutrality of Belgium to be violated without a word of protest. We saw the country of the Belgians ruined and devastated . . . . We were powerless indeed to stay the hand of violence and cruelty when it seized the throat of poor little Belgium. But it was in our power to lift up our voice before the civilized world against this brutal and unspeakable crime.” This is one of the strongest of the sermons of the first year of the war, and it rings especially true after our experience during the years that have intervened. The third is a splendid address at the first Lusitania anniversary, delivered in Carnegie Hall, New York, in May 1916. The Living Church had the honor of printing the fourth of the papers, an essay on Preparedness, in July 1916. His Thanksgiving Day sermon of 1916 comes next, and then two sermons that were preached immediately before America entered the war, the second on the eve of the assembling of Congress to receive the President’s message asking for a declaration of war. Finally, two inter-war sermons conclude the volume. Dr. McKim’s war papers here gathered give utterance to the voice of the true prophet. He has been during these years an Isaiah to the American people and especially to those at the capital, and now, when victory, with all that has preceded it, has vindicated all of Dr. McKim’s stirring messages, it is great gratification to have this remarkable collection of his remarkable words.”

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November 22: Bishop Penelope Jamieson’s Visit (1992)

On November 22, 1992, the Last Sunday after Pentecost, the Rt. Rev. Penny Jamieson, Bishop of Dunedin (NZ), visited the Church of the Epiphany and preached at the 11am liturgy. Penelope Ann Bansall “Penny” Jamieson was born in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England in 1942. She attended Wycombe High School and studied linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, before moving to New Zealand, her husband’s country of birth. She worked at the Wellington Inner City Mission while completing her doctoral thesis at Victoria University. In 1985 she was ordained to the priesthood and became assistant curate of St James’ Lower Hutt. After this she was vicar of Karori West –   Makara in the Diocese of Wellington. In 1990 she was elected to head the country’s southernmost diocese, the Diocese of Dunedin. She was consecrated a bishop on June 29, 1990. At her retirement 14 year later, Jamieson expressed her regret that no other woman had been elected a bishop in New Zealand.

Jamieson was the seventh Bishop of Dunedin in the Anglican Church of New Zealand from 1989 until her retirement in 2004. Jamieson was the second woman in the world to hold the position of bishop in the Anglican Communion and the first to be elected a diocesan bishop. On November 19, 1992, Bishop Jamieson joined Bishop Barbara Harris (the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion) at the consecration of Jane Holmes Dixon (the third female bishop) at Washington Cathedral. In the accompanying photograph from that occasion, Bishop Jamieson is on the left. Three days later Bishop Jamieson preached at Epiphany. All three of these pioneer female bishops visited Epiphany during their episcopacies.

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November 21: Anne Elizabeth Langhaug (2000)

Anne Langhaug was a research manager with the Academy for Educational Development (AED), a nonprofit organization that focused on education, health and economic development for the disadvantaged in the United States and developing countries throughout the world. AED was a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Anne and her husband David were also active members of the Church of the Epiphany, where Anne served on the parish vestry. Born in Santa Barbara, California on January 6, Anne grew up in Berkley, Michigan. Her stepfather, Ben Harrison, was a professional luthier, or violin maker, handcrafting the instruments just like they were made centuries ago. The unusual aspect about Ben’s craft was the fact he was deaf.  Instead of using sound, he used a remarkably acute sense of touch. Anne’s mother, Marion, also became a luthier, creating over twenty of the instruments.

Anne attended the University of Michigan, where she received her bachelors and masters degrees in history and had done work in that subject toward a doctorate. While accompanying her husband to Foreign Service assignments, Anne had worked as a university curriculum adviser in Paris, where she lobbied for work opportunities for Foreign Service spouses and helped create the State Department’s community liaison office. She was also a book collector for the Library of Congress in India and a research librarian for USAID in Ecuador. Other postings included Thailand and Pakistan. After a full life, Anne passed away on November 21, 2000 at age 62. Her funeral was held at Epiphany.

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November 20: John Archer Lejeune (1942)

Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune, often referred to as “the greatest of all Leathernecks,” during his more than 40 years service with the U.S. Marine Corps, led the famed Second Division (Army) in World War I, and was Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps. John Archer Lejeune was born at Pointe Coupee, Louisiana in 1867. He attended Louisiana State University prior to his appointment as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1888. At the expiration of a two-year cruise as a cadet midshipman he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. With the outbreak of World War I, General Lejeune assumed command of the newly constructed Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia. His overseas service began in June 1918 when he arrived at Brest, France. Upon reporting to the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces, he was assigned to command a brigade of the 32nd Division. On 28 July 1918, General Lejeune assumed command of the Second Division. He was the first Marine officer to hold an Army divisional command. Lejeune is included on a plaque at Epiphany that commemorates parishioners who served in World War I.

Lejeune was appointed as Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps in 1920. Shortly afterwards, he and his wife became associated with the Church of the Epiphany. Lejeune was elected to the vestry in 1921 and became Junior Warden three years later, serving for the rest of his time in Washington. Upon the expiration of his second term as Commandant, General Lejeune accepted the position of superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, serving there until his resignation in October 1937. General Lejeune died on November 20, 1942 and was interred in the Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is named for one of the ablest officers of the American military forces, and one of the most distinguished soldiers of World War I.

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November 19: Lavinia Ellen Ream Hoxie (1914)

Lavinia Ellen “Vinnie” Ream Hoxie was an American sculptor. Her most famous work is the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. With that work, she became the first female to receive a government art commission. Vinnie was born in a log cabin in Madison, Wisconsin Territory. In 1861, her family moved to Washington, D.C. After her father’s health began to fail, she began working outside the home to support her family. Vinnie Ream was one of the first women to be employed by the federal government. She had innate artistic talents and sang at several local churches, including Epiphany, and for the wounded at Washington, D.C. hospitals during the Civil War. In 1863, Ream was introduced to sculptor Clark Mills. She became an apprentice in Mills’ sculpting studio the next year, at the age of seventeen.

In 1864, President Lincoln agreed to model for Vinnie in the morning for five months, and she created a bust of his figure. During this time, the two became friends. Following Lincoln’s assassination, two important things happened in Vinnie’s life. In June 1865, Vinnie and her sister Mary were baptized at Epiphany. A year later, Vinnie received the commission to do a statue of the slain president. In 1871, her white marble statue of Lincoln was unveiled in the United States Capitol rotunda. She opened a studio in Washington. George Armstrong Custer sat for a portrait bust. In 1876, she exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. She won a competition to do a statue of Admiral David G. Farragut, which stands in Farragut Square today. Ream married Richard L. Hoxie, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She died on November 20, 1914. Vinnie Ream Hoxie and her husband are buried in Arlington National Cemetery, marked by her statue of the Greek poet Sappho.

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