Biography of John Bracken
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Bracken, John, was a clergyman, and master of the grammar school in William and Mary College in November, 1775, serving until the grammar school was substituted in December, 1779, by a school of modern languages of which Charles Bellini was professor. At the Episcopal convention in May, 1786, in Richmond, Bracken teceived ten votes for bishop. He was for many years pastor of Bruton parish church in Williamsburg. At a meeting held July 20, 1790. by the directors of the hospital for the maintenance and cure of persons of unsound minds in Williamsburg ( the oldest insane asylum in the United States, established 17681, Dr. Bracken was made president to succeed James Madison, then in England seeking consecration as bishop. In 1792 he became professor of "humanity" in William and Mary College; on Madison's death in 1812 became president. and in 1814 was elected bishop of the Episcopal church, an office which he declined the following year, probably on account of failing health. He died July 15, 1818.

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

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