1827-1903
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May 28, 1827, Marble Dale, Connecticut.

March 9, 1903, New York City.

Saint James the Less Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Batterson was ordained an Anglican deacon in 1861 by Bishop Gregg of Texas, after which he became a missionary at Seguin. A year later he had charge of St. Mark’s, San Antonio, Texas. In 1862, he became Rector of Grace Church, Wabasha, Minnesota, and while there was advanced to the priesthood by Bishop Whipple in 1866. In 1869 he became Rector of St. Clement’s Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He remained at St. Clement’s until 1872, and then, after several years spent outside of parish work, he accepted the rectorship of the Church of the Annunciation, Philadelphia, in 1880. He stayed there until 1888, and in 1891 became Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, New York, his last parochial charge. His widow donated the building of Christ Church Cathedral, Salina, Kansas, in his memory.

Batterson’s works include:

  1. Bright Easter Day
  2. Hymn of the Holy Child
  3. Joyfully, Joyfully, Angels Are Singing
  4. Last Dread Trump Is Sounding, The
  5. On the First Bright Christmas Day
  6. Ring On, Ye Joyous Christmas Bells!