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Timothy Cutler was rector of Yale College when he defected from Congregationalism to the Anglicans. He felt that apostolic succession conveyed more authority and more resembled the Early Church. Timothy Cutler, third rector of Yale College, left the Congregational Church and was ordained an Anglican priest, serving as rector of Christ Church, Boston, where he advocated tirelessly for a bishop for the American colonies. The Church of England wouldn’t appoint a bishop for any British territory until after the American Revolution. The old policy almost destroyed Anglicanism in the new United States.

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