Samuel Seabury, born 30 November 1729, was the first citizen of the United States to become a bishop, the first bishop in any of the original thirteen states, and the first presiding bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. In one way this was surprising; during the Revolution Seabury was a convinced and outspoken Loyalist. In spite of many difficulties, Seabury blazed a path many have followed; he played a major role in enabling the Episcopal Church in the United States to exist as a growing, successful, and independent organization.
"Samuel Seabury, First American Bishop,"
Newport History: Vol. 56
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol56/iss190/3