Born: October 28, 1820, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Died: August 14, 1891, Hudson, New York.
Buried: Episcopal Diocese Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont.
John was the son of John H. Hopkins, Sr., the first Episcopal bishop of Vermont, and Melusina Muller.
He graduated from the University of Vermont (AB 1839, MA 1845).
In New York City, he worked as a reporter, intending to prepare for a law career.
Instead, he entered the General Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 1850. He then became the seminary’s first music teacher (1855–57), and editor of the Church Journal (1853–68).
Hopkins also served as a deacon (1850), priest (1872), and as rector of Trinity Church, Plattsburgh, New York, and Christ Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.