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Herbert Hensley Henson

1863-1947. Bishop of Durham. After becoming a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, in 1884, he was ordained and in 1888 became vicar of Barking. In 1895 he was appointed chaplain of Ilford Hospital, and in 1900 rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster, and canon of Westminster Abbey. In 1912 he became dean of Durham. Six years later he was consecrated bishop of Hereford, but was translated to Durham in 1920, retiring in 1939. A man of liberal churchmanship, his appointment to Hereford was strongly opposed by Anglo-Catholics. A supporter of the establishment, he changed his views after the rejection of the revised Prayer Books by Parliament in 1927 and 1928. A man of courage and wit, he was noted for his pungent utterances on a variety of subjects. His publications include Anglicanism (1921), Christian Morality (1936), Ad Clerum (1937), and his three-volume Retrospect of an Unimportant Life (1942- 50).