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The Very Reverend Henry Wace (December 10, 1836 - January 9, 1924) was Principal of King's College Londonmarker (1883-1897) and Dean of Canterbury (1903-1924). He is described in the Dictionary of National Biography as "an effective administrator, a Protestant churchman of deep scholarship, and a stout champion of the Reformation settlement".

Wace was educated at Marlborough Collegemarker, Rugby Schoolmarker, King's College Londonmarker, and Brasenose College, Oxfordmarker (BA Literae Humaniores and Mathematics, Honorary Fellow 1911).

He took Holy Orders and served curacies at St Luke's, Berwick Streetmarker (1861-63), St James's, Piccadillymarker (1863-69), and Grosvenor Chapelmarker (1870-72). He moved to Lincoln's Innmarker, where he served first as Chaplain (1872-80) and later as Preacher (1880-96). He was additionally Chaplain of the Inns of Court Rifle Volunteers (1880-1908) and the Warburton Lecturer for 1896.

In 1875 he became Professor of Ecclesiastical History at King's College Londonmarker, of which he served as Principal (1883-97). He was Rector of St Michael'smarker, Cornhillmarker 1896-1903 and Dean of Canterbury from 1903 until his death in 1924. He is buried in the courtyard of the great cloister of the cathedralmarker.

He wrote, contributed to, and edited, many publications in Christian and Ecclesiastical history. His best known work, of widest application, is the Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature to the End of the Sixth Century A.D., with an Account of the Principal Sects and Heresies, written in collaboration with William Smith.

He delivered the Boyle Lectures in 1874 and 1875 and the Bampton Lectures at the University of Oxfordmarker in 1879. He was Select Preacher at Oxfordmarker in 1880-81 and 1907 and at Cambridgemarker in 1876, 1891, 1903, and 1910.

He was appointed Prebendary of St Paul's Cathedralmarker in 1881 and received the honorary freedom of the City of Canterburymarker in 1921. In 1922 he played an important role in the foundation of the Bible Churchmen's Missionary Society and was its Vice-President from 1923 until his death on 9 January 1924, following a road traffic accident.


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