In the year 1841, three young deacons, James Lloyd Breck, William Adams, and John Henry Hobart, graduates of General Theological Seminary, New York, offered themselves to Missionary Bishop Jackson Kemper to found an Associate Mission in his vast jurisdiction, extending, at that time, over the Territories of the Northwest. Their services were gladly accepted. In 1842, a tract of four hundred and fifty-five acres, skirting the beautiful Nashotah Lakes, was selected and purchased from the United States Government as a site for the Mission House – known as a Training School for priests – and the center of the field of operations. This was the beginning of Wisconsin’s oldest institution of higher learning.
Wisconsin was then a wilderness, Milwaukee but a village, and Chicago counted not more than five thousand inhabitants, if so many. There were but two clergymen in all Wisconsin besides Bishop Kemper in 1841.
More laborers were needed for the harvest of souls. Thus came into being the Theological Seminary, which for nearly 175 years, has been successfully maintained here, gradually widening the sphere of its influence, until its graduates have reached to nearly all the Diocese and Missionary Jurisdictions of the church, at home and abroad.
In 1847, the Mission was officially chartered as Nashotah House.
Presidents and Deans of Nashotah House
James Lloyd Breck, D.D. 1842-1850
Azel Dow Cole, D.D. 1850-1885
George C. Carter, D.D. 1886-1890
The Right Rev. Isaac Lea Nicholson, D.D. 1897
(President Pro tem.)
The Right Rev.William Walter Webb, D.D. 1898-1906
J. G. H. Barry, D.D. 1906-1909
Edward A. Larrabee, D.D. 1909-1921
The Right Rev. Benjamin F. P. Ivins, D.D. 1921-1925
E. J. M. Nutter, D.D., D.C.L. 1925-1947
William H. Nes, D.D., D.C.L, LL.D. 1947-1952
Edward S. White, D.D., D.C.L. 1952-1959
Walter C. Klein, Ph.D., Th.D., S.T.D. 1959-1963
The Right Rev. Donald J. Parsons, B.A., Th.D. 1963-1974
John S. Ruef, B.D., S.T.M., Th.D. 1975-1984
The Right Rev. Stanley Atkins, D.D. 1984-1986
Jack C. Knight, MDiv 1986-1990
Gary W. Kriss, MDiv 1991-2000
Robert S. Munday, MDiv, M.L.S., Ph.D. 2001-2011
The Right Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr., MDiv 2011-
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