William Ralph Inge, 1860 - 1954

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Born: 6 June 1860, Crayke, Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: 26 February 1954, Wallingford, England, UK

Inge (pronounced "inj", one syllable) was educated at Eton College with honors, then King's College, Cambridge where he won several prizes and took two firsts. He served as a tutor at Hertford College, Oxford and was ordained a deacon in the Church of England in 1888. He held a chair in divinity at Jesus College,Cambridge in 1907, then was chosen by Prime Minister Asquith to be Dean of St Paul's Cathedral at London. In 1921 he became a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and a columnist for the Evening Standard. He retired from the church in 1934, continued his column until 1946, and served at the NPG through 1951. His pessimism in his columns led to his being known as "The Gloomy Dean". He wrote extensively, over thirty-five books, and was an authority on Christian Mysticism and Platonism. Dean Inge was also known as a supporter of animal rights and his understanding of a spiritual autonomous religion led to frequent criticism of the Roman church.

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