William Temple by Bassano Ltd, 17 March 1936.
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William Temple


William Temple (1881–1944) – son of Frederick Temple (1821–1902), Archbishop of Canterbury – taught Classics at Oxford; was ordained in 1908; Headmaster of Repton School, Derbyshire, 1910–14; and Bishop of Manchester until translated in 1929 to the Archbishopric of York. After thirteen years at York, in 1942 he became Archbishop of Canterbury. His writings include Christus Veritas (1924), Nature, Man and God (1934), and Christianity and Social Order (1942). In the 1920s he won authority as leader of the movement for international ecumenism – ‘this world-wide Christian fellowship’, as he proclaimed it.