Elected 1853, Day 1; served to 1862

The Rev. William Creighton served nine terms as President of the Diocesan Convention in addition to the three terms in which he presided over the House of Deputies at General Convention.  He was born in New York City in 1793, and studied theology at Columbia, graduating in 1812.  After his ordination to the priesthood, Creighton became rector of St. Mark's in New York City, where he served from 1816 until 1836.  He was elected as provisional bishop of New York during Bishop Onderdonk's suspension but declined the position.  Crighton retired to the countryside in 1836, taking up residence in Tarrytown, New York, where he actively ministered to the surrounding population and founded several more parishes. When he passed away in 1865 his remains were buried in a church which he himself helped to build.