Born: December 13, 1835, Boston, Massachusetts.
Died: January 23, 1893, Boston, Massachusetts.
Buried: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Phillips was the son of William Gray Brooks and Mary Ann Phillips.
He has been called
the greatest American preacher of the 19th Century. He attended the Boston Latin School, Harvard University (where Phillips Brooks House was named after him) and the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.
He became an Episcopal priest in 1860, and became rector of the Church of the Advent, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was known for his support of freeing the slaves and allowing former slaves to vote.
In 1869, he became rector of Trinity Church in Boston. In 1872, he helped design the Trinity Church building, which today stands in Boston’s Back Bay. In 1891, he became Episcopal bishop of Massachusetts.
A little girl of five who had been a favourite with Phillips Brooks made a striking remark on his death. When the Bishop died, her mother came into the room where the child was playing, and holding the bright little face between her hands, said tearfully,Bishop Brooks is gone to heaven.
Oh, mama,was the reply,how happy the angels will be!
Campbell, p. 176