Collins Denny

Chaplain, Deceased Person

1854 – 1943


Who was Collins Denny?

Collins Denny was an American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, elected in 1910.

He was born in Winchester, Virginia. He practiced law in Baltimore, 1877-79, then entered the ordained ministry of the Baltimore Annual Conference of the M.E. Church, South in 1880. He served as a Pastor and an Educator. He never accepted the legitimacy of the Methodist Church, preferring to regard himself as a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He was retired as a bishop in 1932, but continued to challenge the proposed unification of the M.E. Church and M.E. Church, South. He and his son, Collins Denny, Jr.--a Richmond attorney--took their legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled that it had no jurisdiction in the matter which ended all challenges to the 1939 unification of The Methodist Church.

Prior to his election to the Episcopacy, Collins toured Asiatic Missions, 1886-87. He served as the Chaplain of the University of Virginia, 1889-91. As a Bishop he was a member of the Fourth Ecumenical Conference, Toronto, 1911.

He died 12 May 1943 in Richmond, Virginia, and was buried in Riverview Cemetery, Richmond.

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May 28, 1854
  • United States of America
May 12, 1943

on July 23, 2013


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