New York Episcopal Convention votes to reinstate Benjamin T. Onderdonk as Bishop

Benjamin T. Onderdonk , the Episcopal Bishop of New York, was charged in 1845 with advances against female parishioners and suspended from office. Evidence of sexual harassment seemed clear, but these charges had originated also with southern bishops who suspected him of supporting Catholicism.  Decades later a third and final New York effort to reinstate him came in 1859 when the New York Episcopal Convention voted to restore him to office.  The national body rejected this and Onderdonk died, still under suspension, in 1861.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1861), 404.
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Religion/Philosophy
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