The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Frederick Grandy Budlong

Seventh Bishop of The Episcopal Church in Connecticut: Coadjutor 1931-1933; Diocesan 1934-1951

Biographical/Historical Note:

Bishop Frederick Grandy Budlong was born July 10, 1881 in Camden, New York, the son of the Rev. Frank Dorr and Sarah Elizabeth (Grandy) Budlong. He graduated from Shattuck Military School in Faribault, Minnesota, and from Hobart College in 1904. Hobart later conferred an honorary doctorate in Sacred Theology on him in 1920. After graduation from the General Theological Seminary in 1907, he returned to Minnesota, where Bishop Edsall ordained him deacon in June and priest in December that year. He married Mary Elizabeth Corbett of Brooklyn, New York, on April 30, 1910. Following her death in 1946, he married Kathleen (Faulconer) Kelly in 1947.

Prior to his consecration as Bishop, the Reverend Budlong served parishes in four dioceses: Minnesota, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Connecticut. While in the Diocese of Chicago, he held the post of lecturer at Western (subsequently Seabury-Western) Theological Seminary. Called as Rector of Christ Church, in Greenwich, he came to the Diocese of Connecticut in 1925.

Bishop Acheson administered the diocese alone after succeeding Bishop Brewster in 1928. In 1931, he requested the election of a bishop coadjutor and called a special diocesan convention for that purpose. The convention chose Budlong over two other candidates, electing him on the fourth ballot. Acheson and Budlong worked well together for three years until Acheson retired and Budlong succeeded him as Bishop of Connecticut.

From 1934 to 1940 Bishop Budlong served as the sole Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut. Yet, he found time to serve as a lecturer at Berkeley Divinity School. He carried out an extensive reorganization of diocesan administration that had begun under Bishop Acheson. The bleak economy of the Depression required painful readjustments to the diocesan budget and program. Bishop Budlong had a full schedule of Sunday parish visitations and confirmations and occasionally called upon visiting bishops to take his place. In spite of the grave difficulties of the 1930s, Bishop Budlong noted the large number of confirmations: “We have never quite reached the record made while Bishop Acheson was Diocesan but, with that exception, the total number confirmed during the past five years was never equaled during a similar period since this diocese came into being, and during the past twelve months I have been privileged to confirm more candidates than any other one Bishop in Connecticut ever confirmed in a single year.”

In 1940 Bishop Budlong requested the diocese elect a suffragan bishop to assist him. The Convention elected the Very Rev. Walter H. Gray, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, who became coadjutor in 1945. Having guided the Diocese through the difficult years of the Depression and World War II, Bishop Budlong retired in early 1951, and Bishop Gray succeeded him as Diocesan Bishop of Connecticut. He died suddenly of a stroke on September 25, 1953.

Burr, Nelson Rollin, The Story of the Diocese of Connecticut: A New Branch of the Vine (Hartford: Church Missions Publishing Company, 1962)

Collection Summary:

Creator:  The Rt. Rev. Frederick Grandy Budlong, S.T.D., 1881-1953       
Title and Citation: Budlong, Frederick Grandy, S.T.D., Rt. Rev., 1881-1953, Seventh Bishop of Connecticut.  Courtesy of the Archives of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. This series is part of Record Group 1: Diocesan Bishops (RG1 – A7)
Dates:    1934-1951
Extent:   6.5 linear feet
Language:  English
Formats: Manuscript documents, publications, print images and artifacts
Processed:  not presently processed
Scope and Content Note: Episcopal acts, manuscript documents, letters, publications, print images and artifacts, ranging in dates from 1934-1951. The record group at present is as it was originally transferred to the archives, with parish and topic files, biographical and “miscellaneous,” [his note] and one drawer of unprocessed papers.

Collection Inventory:

  • Box 1: Budlong Records & Correspondence

  • Box 2: Budlong Personal Records/Correspondence & Parish Correspondence A-H

  • Box 3: Bishop/Parish Correspondence L-S

  • Box 4: Parish Correspondence T-Z & Unprocessed Files

  • Box 5: Marriage Judgement Records

  • Box 6: Unprocessed Files & Bound Publications

  • Collection Inventory (.pdf)