August 30, 1843, Towanda, Pennsylvania.

December 17, 1915, Rockport, Massachusetts.

Riverside Cemetery, Towanda, Pennsylvania.

Franklin was the son of Orrin Daniel Bartlett and Mary Weston, and husband of Katharine F. Bartlett. He was educated at the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute, Towanda, Pennsylvania; Union College, Schenectady, New York (AB 1865, DD 1887); and Williams College, Massachusetts (MA 1896). At Union College, he was a member of the Philomathian Society for which he wrote, by appointment, the ode sung on its 70th anniversary. He edited his class’ Annual Bulletin in 1866.

Bartlett became a candidate for the Episcopal ministry in 1865, and began a course of theological study, during which he taught for a while at the institute in Towanda. He graduated from the Berkeley Divinity School, Middletown, Connecticut, in 1869, and in July of that year was ordained to the ministry by Bishop Stevens of Pennsylvania. His first charge was in Allentown, Pennsylvania, together with the mission at Catasauqua. He was assistant minister of Trinity Church, Pottsville, Pennsylvania (1871–02), then taught Greek, Latin and Vocal Culture at the State Normal School in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania (1872–73). He again served as assistant minister at Trinity Church, Pottsville (1873–74), then as headmaster of a church school for boys at Fox Chase, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1874–76). In 1877, he became rector of St. Mary’s Church, Northfield, Vermont, where he officiated until early in 1883. He was appointed professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Norwich University in 1878, where he also taught Latin and Spanish, and was chaplain for some years.

At the invitation of Bishop Huntington, Bartlett want to Syracuse in 1883 to do mission work in central New York. He also took charge for some months at a time of Grace Church, and of Trinity Church, Syracuse, and of Trinity Church, Seneca Falls, New York. In 1886, he accepted a call to St. John’s Church, Williamstown, Massachusetts. During his ministry there, he taught Hebrew at Williams College (1887–94). He also took temporary charge during the rector’s absence at St. John’s Church, Bangor, Maine (1896–97). He was rector of St. Paul’s Church, Peabody, Massachusetts (1897–98), which he resigned on account of illness. A a long period of ill health followed, and he moved to Rockport, Massachusetts, in 1900.

Bartlett was a member of the Essex Institute in Salem, Massachusetts, and of the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association, Gloucester, Massachusetts, and was an associate member of the O. W. Wallace Post 107 of the Grand Army of the Republic in Rockport. He was also an honorary member of the Northfield Conversational Club.

Bartlett wrote a biographical sketch of Professor Alonzo Jackman for the Reveille, and another for Hemenway’s Gazetteer of Vermont. His sermon preached in memory of Professor Jackman was issued in pamphlet form. His hymns appeared mostly in the weekly periodicals.

  1. O God Supreme, Who Dost the World Sustain
  2. O God Triune, We Praise and Bless
  3. O God, Who Rulest All Our Days
  4. Savior, Who Didst Come to Give
  5. Sun of My Life Thy Rays Divine
  6. Thy Glorious Name of Love

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