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The Archbishop of Canterbury is the head of the established Church of England and, symbolically, of the worldwide Anglican Communion. From the time of St. Augustine until the 16th century, the Archbishops of Canterbury were in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. During the English Reformation the church broke away from the authority of the Pope, at first temporarily and later more permanently. Since then they have been outside of the succession of the Roman Catholic Church's hierarchy and have led the independent national church.

As "Primate of All England", he is the chief religious figure in the Church of England (the British sovereign is the "Supreme governor" of the church). As symbolic head of the Anglican Communion, the archbishop is recognized as primus inter pares ("first among equals") of all Anglican primates.

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Archibald Campbell Tait
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1868 - 1882
Translated from London; died in office
Arthur Michael Ramsey
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1961 - 1974
Translated from York; retired; died 1988
Charles Manners-Sutton
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1805 - 1828
Translated from Norwich; died in office
Charles Thomas Longley
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1862 - 1868
Translated from York; died in office
Edmund Grindal
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1575 - 1583
Translated from York; died in office
Edward White Benson
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1883 - 1896
Translated from Truro; died in office
Frederick Cornwallis
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1768 - 1783
Translated from Lichfield & Coventry; died in office
Frederick Donald Coggan
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1974 - 1980
Translated from York; retired; died 2000
Frederick Temple
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1896 - 1902
Translated from London; died in office
Geoffrey Francis Fisher
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1945 - 1961
Translated from London; retired; died 1972
George Abbot
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1611 - 1633
Translated from London; died in office
George Leonard Carey
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1991 - 2002
Translated from Bath & Wells; retired
Gilbert Sheldon
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1663 - 1667
Translated from London; died in office
John Bird Sumner
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1848 - 1862
Translated from Chester; died in office
John Moore
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1783 - 1805
Translated from Bangor; died in office
John Potter
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1737 - 1747
Translated from Oxford; died in office
John Tillotson
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1691 - 1694
Dean of St Paul's; died in office
John Whitgift
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1583 - 1604
Translated from Worcester; died in office
Justin Portal Welby
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
2013 to Present
Translated from Durham. A former oil executive, when first trying to become ordained Welby was told by the Bishop of Kensington 'There is no place for you in the Church of England.'
Matthew Hutton
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1757 - 1758
Translated from York; died in office
Matthew Parker
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1559 - 1575
Dean of Lincoln; died in office
Randall Thomas Davidson
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1902 - 1928
Translated from Winchester; retired; died 1930
Richard Bancroft
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1604 - 1610
Translated from London; died in office
Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1980 - 1991
Translated from St Albans; retired; died 2000
Rowan Douglas Williams, FBA
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
2002 - 2012
Translated from Wales. 2002 - 31.12.2012.
Thomas Herring
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1747 - 1757
Translated from York; died in office
Thomas Secker
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1758 - 1768
Translated from Oxford; died in office
Thomas Tenison
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1694 - 1715
Translated from Lincoln; died in office
William Cosmo Gordon Lang
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1928 - 1942
Translated from York; retired; died 1945
William Howley
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1828 - 1848
Translated from London; died in office
William Juxon
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1660 - 1663
Translated from London; died in office
William Laud
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1633 - 1645
Translated from London; executed in office; commemorated in the Church of England and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America
William Sancroft
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1678 - 1691
Dean of St Paul's; deprived for not taking oaths to William and Mary; died 1693
William Temple
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1942 - 1944
Translated from York; died in office
William Wake
   was Archbishop of Canterbury from   
1716 - 1737
Translated from Lincoln; died in office


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Allan R. Matthes








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