The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Bass, Edward
BASS, Edward, first Protestant Episcopal bishop of Massachusetts: b. Dorchester, Mass., 23 Nov. 1726; d. Newburyport, Mass., 10 Sept. 1803. He was graduated at Harvard in 1744; was ordained in England in 1752; and later became pastor of the church at Newburyport, Mass. During the Revolution he omitted from the church service all reference to the royal family and the British government. For this he was expelled from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. In 1797 he was consecrated bishop of Massachusetts, and finally also of New Hampshire and Rhode Island.