Percy Thomas Fenn, D. D., Ph. D., rector of St. John's Episcopal Church at Wichita, was born in London, England, June 29, 1865, and was educated in his native land to the age of twenty in the parochial schools of St. Peter's Church and All Saints Collegiate School, both in Kensington, a suburb of London. In 1885 he came to the United States and completed the course at Hobart College, Geneva, N. Y. He then studied the classics and theology under Rev. Dr. Thomas Burgess, of Millbrook, N. Y., and finished his theological studies under him. He was ordained a deacon of the Episcopal church in 1889 by Bishop Henry C. Potter, of New York City, and was ordained a priest by Bishop Potter in 1891. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from St. John's College, of Annapolis, Md., in 1894; the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on examination at Northern Illinois College, Fulton, Ill., in 1898; and had the degree of Doctor of Divinity conferred on him by Ohio University at Athens, Ohio, in 1900. Attracted to the ranks of the clergy by the irresistible appeal of a noble purpose and a manly method, and being possessed of peculiar ability and great endowments of head and heart, his labors for the advancement of religion have been effective and far reaching. He served as a member of the Associate Mission of Dutchess county, New York, from 1887 to 1889; was rector of St. Andrew's Church at Brewsters, N. Y., from 1889 to 1892; rector of St. John's Episcopal Church at Boonton, N. J., from 1892 to 1895; rector of St. John's Episcopal Church at Essex, Conn., from 1895 to 1898; rector of St. James Episcopal Church at Texarkana, Texas, from 1898 to 1905; and from 1905 to the present time (1911) he has been rector of St. John's Episcopal Church at Wichita, Kan.
On May 12, 1891, Dr. Fenn was united in marriage to Miss Sara Christian Mills, the ceremony being solemnized by Bishop Potter, of New York City. Mrs. Fenn is the daughter of Rev. W. H. Mills, D. D., rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church at Yonkers, N. Y., and is a lady of distinguished American ancestry, her family being descended from Revolutionary stock. Dr. and Mrs. Fenn have two sonsPercy Thomas, Jr., and William Hammond Mills Fenn.
Dr. Fenn is a member of the finance committee of the Episcopal diocese of Kansas and is also a member of the standing committee of the same. He was a delegate to the general convention of the Episcopal church from 1907 to 1910. He is a clean cut, vigorous clergyman with strong convictions and high principles, and to the pulpit and to the pastoral labors of his church he bestows the example of a high character and all the influence, teachings and blessings of one who is striving for the right to the exclusion of every other consideration. As rector of St. John's Episcopal Church at Wichita, though confronted by obstacles which by a weaker man would have been considered insurmountable, he has wrought a marvelous change and has established a foundation for right and righteousness as firm as bed-rock itself. The signal victory he has won in this parish reveals him to be a man who has an unswerving ambition to do the right regardless of personal sacrifice, and one who has the tenacity of purpose and the strength to follow his convictions. He is recognized as a man of spotless integrity, one whose entire life is in harmony with his profession, and within the pulpit he is a most earnest and able speaker.Pages 1133-1134 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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