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James M. Maxon

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The Right Reverend

James Matthew Maxon

D.D., LL.D.
Bishop of Tennessee
Bishop Maxon, c. 1940
ChurchEpiscopal Church
In office1935–1947
PredecessorThomas F. Gailor
SuccessorEdmund P. Dandridge
OrdinationNovember 3, 1907
by M. Edward Fawcett
ConsecrationOctober 18, 1922
by Thomas F. Gailor
Personal details
Born(1875-01-01)January 1, 1875
Bay City, Michigan, United States
DiedNovember 8, 1948(1948-11-08) (aged 73)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
BuriedSt. John's Episcopal Church (Ashwood, Tennessee)
ParentsDaniel Marsh Maxon & Anna MacKenney
SpouseBlanch Morris (m. Oct. 10 , 1903)
Previous post(s)Coadjutor Bishop of Tennessee (1922-1935)

James Matthew Maxon (January 1, 1875 – November 8, 1948) was the fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, serving in that capacity from 1935 to January 1, 1947.


Maxon was born on January 1, 1875, in Bay City, Michigan, the son of Daniel Marshman Maxson and Anna McKinney. He was ordained deacon and priest in 1907. He was ordained priest by Bishop M. Edward Fawcett. He became rector of Christ Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He was elected Coadjutor Bishop of Tennessee on June 21, 1922, at a special convention of the diocese in Christ Church Nashville, Tennessee. He was consecrated on October 18, 1922, by Thomas F. Gailor, Bishop of Tennessee. He succeeded as Bishop of Tennessee in 1935 and was installed on November 3, 1935, in St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Memphis, Tennessee. Bishop Maxon was instrumental in facilitating the merger of Grace Church and St. Luke's Church in Memphis, to form Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church in 1940. He resigned on January 1, 1947, and died on November 8, 1948, in Memphis, Tennessee.


  • "Bishop Maxon Dies" in The Living Church, November 21, 1948, p. 5.

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