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John Orfeur Aglionby MC (16 March 1884 – 15 May 1963)[1] was an Anglican bishop in Africa during the second quarter of the 20th century.

Educated at Westminster and The Queen's College, Oxford, Aglionby was ordained in 1911 and began his career with a Curacy at Holy Trinity, South Shields.[2] A Chaplain to the Forces during World War I,[3] when peace returned he was Vicar of Monkwearmouth[4] until 1924 when he became the third Bishop of Accra. Aglionby was a strong supporter of establishing a library service in Ghana. He volunteered his own book collection in 1928 and later his own money to establish the first location it the 1930s but it was lost to the government. He later assisted in 1945 when the Aglionby Library was opened in Accra in November 1946 .[5]

He retired to Orpington in 1951; he had become a Doctor of Divinity (DD).

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  1. The Rt. Rev. J. O. Aglionby Former Bishop of Accra The Times, Friday, 17 May 1963; p. 17; Issue 55703; col C
  2. "The Clergy List" London, Kelly's, 1913
  3. London Gazette
  4. Who Was Who 1897–1990, London, A & C Black, 1991. ISBN 0-7136-3457-X.
  5. Evans, Evelyn (1963). "Bishop John Aglionby Obituary". https://journals.co.za/docserver/fulltext/glj/1/1/270.pdf?expires=1572622156&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=789C3678D787AD310F71BFBAF1B91595. 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Mowbray O'Rorke
Bishop of Accra
Succeeded by
John Daly

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