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Notable Phelps Anson Green Phelps, Merchant and philanthropist Austin Phelps, Congregational clergyman, theologian and author Chance Russel Phelps, Private, USMC Charles Edward Phelps, Congressman, Judge, Author Delos Porter Phelps, Lawyer and U.S. Assistant Treasurer Edward John Phelps, Lawyer, educator Dr. Francis Phelps, Representative and Senator George M. Phelps, Master telegraph instrument maker and inventor Dr. Guy Rowland Phelps, Founder, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance John Phelps, Clerk of the Court at the trial of King Charles I Judge James Phelps, Judge and Congressman Judge John Jay Phelps Judge, merchant, and entrepreneur. Judge John Phelps, Constitutional Convention Signatory from Connecticut John Wolcott Phelps, Brigadier General, United States Volunteers Mary Ann Phelps Rich, Latter-day Saints Pioneer Mary Phelps Jacob, Inventor of the Brassiere Noah Phelps, A Patriot of 1776 and Revolutionary War Spy Oliver Phelps Merchant, Revolutionary War veteran, Representative, Senator land promoter Rev. Philip Phelps First President, Western Theological Seminary Richard Phelps, Bell-founder for Churches Throughout England John Smith Phelps Lawyer, Repesentative, Governor Samuel Shethar Phelps, Jurist, Congressman, and Senator Samuel Phelps, English Actor.html Stephen Sumner Phelps, Illinois Pioneer and Origin of the Hawk Eye State Name Thomas Stowell Phelps, Rear Admiral and Civil War Veteran William Walter Phelps, Congressman, Ambassador, and Judge William Wines Phelps, Judge, Latter-day Saint, Publisher and Writer William Lyon Phelps, American educator, author and critic

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Anson Phelps Stokes

Anson I

The first Anson Phelps Stokes (1838-1913), born in New York City, was a merchant, banker, publicist, and multimillionaire. He was the son of John Boulter and Caroline (Phelps) Stokes. He was brother of William Earl Dodge Stokes and Olivia Egleston Phelps Stokes. His grandfather was the London merchant Thomas Stokes, one of the thirteen founders of the London Missionary Society and later an active supporter of the American Bible Society, the American Tract Society and the American peace Society.

A man of pronounced piety and a promoter of benevolent enterprises, Anson Phelps Stokes was also the grandson of Anson Greene Phelps and a descendant of George Phelps who emigrated from Crewkerne, England to Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1635. His immediate ancestors were noted for their business ability, religious civic, and philanthropic interests.

As a boy Anson Phelps Stokes entered the employ of the family business Opens external site in new browser window Phelps, Dodge & Company, a mercantile establishment founded by his grandfather Anson Phelps. In 1861, he became a partner and also a member of the firm of Phelps, James & Company, Liverpool. In 1879, he organized he organized the firm of Phelps, Stokes & Company, bankers.

On October 17, 1865, Anson Phelps Stokes married Helen Louisa, daughter of Isaac Newton Phelps. Obviously, the two were cousins. At the time of his death in New York City, fifteen years after he lost one of his legs, Anson Phelps Stokes was survived by four sons and five daughters.

Anson II

The second Anson Phelps Stokes (1874-1958), born in New Brighton on Staten Island, was an educator and clergyman. He was the son of multimillionaire banker Anson Phelps Stokes and Helen Louisa Phelps. After his graduation from Yale in 1896 with a B.A. degree, the younger Anson traveled mostly in the Far East. In 1897 Anson the Younger entered the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts to prepare for the priesthood, which he entered formally in 1925.

Granted an honorary M.A. in 1900 as he received his bachelor of divinity degree, Stokes agreed a year earlier (1899) to serve as secretary of Yale University, second in command after the president. He also served as assistant rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in New Haven (1900-1918).

Stokes was resident canon (1924-1939) at the National Cathedral (Episcopal) in Washington, D.C.. During his time in the nation's capital he was involved in numerous and varied social, cultural, and ecclesiastical causes. During this period, he guided the philanthropy of the Phelps Stokes Fund (established in 1911) toward the improving the lives of African and American blacks. In 1936, Stokes published a brief biography of Booker T. Washington, which was an extension of an earlier sketch he had done for the Dictionary of American Biography

Stokes saw all of his work as "fellowship in the gospel" (Philemon 1:5). He died in his Lenox, Massachusetts home after a long illness. 

Anson III

Born in New Haven, Anson Phelps Stokes, Jr. (1905-1986), son of Anson Phelps and Carol G. (Mitchell) Stokes, was a clergyman, ordained a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1933.. He received his BA from Yale in 1927; BD, Episcopal Theological Seminary, Cambridge; DD, Kenyon College, 1953; STD, Columbia, 1954, Berkley Divinity School, New Haven, 1962, Suffolk University, 1968. 

Anson Phelps Stokes, Jr. rose to become Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts (1956-1970). Like his father, he too became a Trustee of the Phelps Stokes Fund (New York).

His home was in Brookline, Massachusetts. he died November 7, 1986

Caroline Phelps Stokes (1854-1909), American philanthropist, was the sister of Anson Phelps Stokes (1838-1913). She endowed the Phelps-Stokes Fund for the underprivileged. She was also author of Travels of a Lady's Maid (1908)

James Phelps Stokes (son)

Rose Pastor Stokes was born in Russia in 1879. The family was very poor and in 1885 moved to the East End of London. Rose worked in a Whitechapel factory before emigrating to Cleveland, Ohio. Rose worked in a factory making cigars and also contributed articles to the Jewish Daily News.

Rose became involved in radical politics and after moving to New York joined the Socialist Party. She met James Phelps Stokes (1872-1960), the New York millionaire who had joined with Upton Sinclair, Jack London, Clarence Darrow and Florence Kelley to form the Intercollegiate Socialist Society.

After her marriage to Stokes in 1905, Rose remained active in politics and was one of those involved in the struggle to keep the United States out of the First World War. James Phelps Stokes disagreed with her on this issue and was a major factor in the break-up of the marriage.

In 1917 Rose was arrested and charged under the Espionage Act. She was found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison for saying, in a letter to the Kansas City Star, that "no government which is for the profiteers can also be for the people, and I am for the people while the government is for the profiteers."

Rose divorced Stokes after becoming what she called: "friendly enemies". She later married a Greenwich Village teacher, Issac Romain.

In 1929 Rose was seriously injured when clubbed by police at a demonstration demanding the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Haiti.

Rose Pastor Stokes developed breast cancer in 1932. She moved to Germany to have radiation therapy but died in Frankfurt on 20th June, 1933.