Right Rev. Charles Reuben Hale, D. D., LL. D.
(Born March 14, 1837 PA- Died December 25, 1900 IL)
Original Member of the Society of Colonial Wars, State of Missouri

Original Member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U. S., IL Commandery

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Charles Reuben Hale was born at Lewis-town, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1837. His father was a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, who was Quartermaster General during our Civil War. Bishop Hale graduated with high honors at the University of Pennsylvania in 1858. While a student at this University he published a treatise on the Rosetta Stone Inscription, which won the commendation of that great scholar Baron Humboldt, who wrote to him as follows: “The scien-tific analysis of the celebrated inscription of 'Rosetta,' has appeared to me specially worthy of praise, since it offers the first attempt at independent investigation offered by the literature of the New Continent.” In 1861 he was ordained as Deacon, and in the year following as a Priest. During his early ministry he officiated as assistant in two churches in the vicinity of Philadelphia.

He was appointed a Chaplain in the United States Navy on March 10, 1863, and served in that capacity until resignation March 26, 1871. During this time he was stationed at the Naval Academy at Newport, Rhode Island, on the United States Frigate Colorado, and also at the League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia.

His abilities as a scholar have been demonstrated throughout his entire life, but he was particularly distin-guished in that branch of the Christian church to which he was attached. After the Civil War he became Professor of Mathematics in the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, but resigned after a short time to take charge of an Eastern church. In 1870 he became rector of St. John's church, Auburn, New York. In 1873 he took a leading part in founding a mission among the Italians in New York City. In 1874 he became one of the clergy of the St. Paul Church, Baltimore, Rector of St. Mary the Virgin, Baltimore, Md., 1875-6, and Assistant of St. Paul's, Baltimore, Md., 1877-85. In 1886 he was appointed the Dean of the Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa, and on May 17, 1 892, he was elected Bishop Coadjutor of Springfield, his special charge was the southern half of the Diocese of Springfield, with Cairo as the principal city. He took up his residence at Cairo, Illinois, where he died December 25, 1900. The interment was in Philadelphia in the Cemetery near St. James the Less, where the remains of his beloved wife are buried.

As the author of several publications he established an international reputation for research and scholarship, and was particularly interested in efforts for the unifica-tion of the Christian churches of the world. In 1892 he was specially active in the relief of the starving peasants letter of Russia, for which service he received a personal of thanks from Countess Tolstoi. He acquired a familiarity with the modern Greek language and also the Rus-sian language; in fact was a linguist of considerable note. He spent some time in the far East, becoming familiar with their religious life, associating on intimate terms with many of their most distinguished religious leaders. At Cairo, Illinois, on the last Christmas day of the past century, the Right Reverend Charles Reuben Hale, D.D., LL.D., passed the line that divides this life from the future. This became his natal day in another sphere! He was familiarly known as the Bishop of Cairo, which title was official for some purposes, while his more proper title was Bishop Coadjutor of Springfield.

He was elected an Original Companion of the First Class of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, through the Commandery of the State of Iowa, November 10, 1891 Insignia # 09077, and transferred to the Illinois Corn-mandery, November 15, 1893.

Bishop Hale's right to membership in the Society of Colonial Wars was through the service of Gov. William Pynchon, of Massachusetts, and Governors Thomas Wells and John Webster, of Connecticut, and forty-four other ancestors in Colonial service. He had the distinction of having proven up the service of more ancestors in Colonial service than any other member of the Missouri Society.

He left no family, as his wife died several years before him. We extend our sympathy to his many friends, and particularly to his two sisters, Mrs. Mullen and Miss Hale of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and to his brother, Mr. W. NV. Hale, of Alden, Iowa.

1) Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of MO 1900-1903, p.110
2) MOLLUS Records (ILv6, p.563-5: In Memoriams: Hale, Charles Reuben, Chaplain USN, IL#09077)

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