Biography of Thomas U. Dudley
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Dudley, Thomas Underwood, born in Richmond, Virginia, September 26, 1837, son of Thomas Underwood Dudley and Maria Friend Dudley, his wife. His education was begun in private schools, and he afterwards attended Hanover Academy. He then entered the University of Virginia, in October, 1855, and was graduated with the degree of Master of Arts, in the class of 1858. He taught for one year in the Dinwiddie school, Albemarle county, Virginia, and one year in Powell's Female School in Richmond, Virginia. The following session he was appointed assistant professor of Latin in the University of Virginia. Then came the great civil war, and in 1861 he enlisted as a private in the army of Northern Virginia, but was soon afterwards promoted to the rank of captain and later to major. He remained in service until the close of the war, and then became a law student in Middlçburg, Virginia, with John Randolph Tucker, as his preceptor. For six months he continued his reading, but abandoned the law for the ministry; and in January, 1866, entered the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary of Virginia, at Alexandria. Ordained to the ministry, he served for one year as rector of the Episcopal church at Harrisonburg, Virginia, which was erected by his efforts, and in January, 1869, was appointed rector ot Christ Church, Baltimore, Maryland, where he officiated until January, 1875. He was then made assistant bishop of Kentucky, and upon the death of Bishop Smith, ten years later, succeeded as bishop of that diocese. He is widely known through his published volumes of lectures and sermons. One of the great works that he has accomplished has been in promoting the welfare of the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. Bishop Dudley was president of the Virginia University Alumni Association of Louisville, a member of the Country Club of New York, the Delta Kappa Epsilon Club of New York, the Pendennis Club of Louisville, and was a Mason, having attained the knight templar degree, and upon whom has been conferred the high Masonic honor of the thirty-third degree of the Scottish rite. He was married three times- (first) Miss Fannie Berkeley Cochran, of Loudoun county, Virginia, by whom he had four children; (second) Miss Virginia Fisher Rowland, of Norfolk, Virginia, by whom he had three children, and (third) Miss Mary Elizabeth Aldrich, of New York City, by whom he had two children.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume III
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915

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