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Quin, Clinton Simon (1883–1956)

Lawrence L. Brown Biography Entry

Clinton Simon Quin, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 28, 1883, the son of J. B. and Nettie (Jones) Quin. After receiving the LL.B. degree from the University of Louisville he enrolled in the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia and graduated in 1908. He married Hortense Pilcher in 1909. He was rector of churches in Pewee Valley and Paducah, Kentucky, until 1917, when he was called to Trinity Church, Houston, Texas. The following year he was elected coadjutor bishop of Texas and was consecrated to that office on October 31, 1918. Upon the death of George Herbert Kinsolving in October 1928, Quin became the third bishop of Texas. He was an energetic leader and preacher, widely known for his success in youth work and for recruiting young men for the ministry. Church membership in the diocese increased during his tenure, largely because of his pastoral work and his interest in people. He retired in 1955, after thirty-seven years as bishop, and died on November 29, 1956.

Clerical Directory of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America (New York: Church Hymnal Corporation for the Church Pension Fund, 1956).


  • Religion
  • Protestant Episcopal

Time Periods:

  • Progressive Era

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Lawrence L. Brown, “Quin, Clinton Simon,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed January 16, 2021,

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