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Bishop Henry P. Northrop portrait

Identifier: A-00-9017

Scope and Contents

This is a black and white, half-length portrait of Henry P. Northrop, fourth Bishop of Charleston.


  • Created: circa 1900
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/2004

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Diocese of Charleston makes no representation that it is the owner of any copyright or other literary property in the materials contained in its archives. In providing access to or permitting the reproduction of any such materials, the Diocese of Charleston does not assume any responsibility for determining the nature of any rights, ownership or interest therein; nor for obtaining the appropriate permissions to publish or use; nor for determining the nature of any liabilities (for defamation and invasion of privacy) that may arise from any publication or use. This rests entirely with the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Henry Pinckney Northrop, Bishop of Charleston (1883-1916) was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to Claudian Byrd Northrop and Hannah Eliza Anderson in 1842. In 1853, he attended Georgetown College (now Georgetown Preparatory School) but was required to withdraw three years later due to illness. Shortly after, Northrop attended Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and graduated in 1860. Later that same year, Northrop entered the seminary at Mount St. Mary’s College. He also attended North American College in Rome, Italy, where he was ordained while studying for the priesthood in 1865. He returned home to Charleston, South Carolina, where he served St. Joseph Catholic Church. Northrop was also sent to missions in North Carolina, but returned to be the assistant to the pro-Cathedral and afterward, served Sullivan’s Island. In 1881, Northrop was appointed vicar apostolic of North Carolina as well as Titular Bishop of Rosalia. In 1883, Bishop was transferred to the See of Charleston. He remained vicar apostolic until 1888 and bishop of Charleston for 32 years. Bishop Northrop died in 1916.

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Portrait of Henry P. Northrop, fourth Bishop of Charleston.

Source of Acquisition

Received from the Archdiocese of Denver in 2004.

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Bronheim, October 2012.

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Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US