Charles Hampton

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Rt. Rev. Charles Hampton (1886-1958) was an American Theosophist who was active in the Liberal Catholic Church.[1]

Theosophical Society involvement

Hampton was admitted as a member of the American Theosophical Society on January 1, 1913. On December 16, 1920, He and his wife Betty were among the founders of the the Yakima Lodge.[2] That group dissolved by a mutual decision on April 1, 1922.[3] During the 1930s he was a member of the Omaha Lodge while he was living in Nebraska and Oklahoma, and later he transferred to the Besant Hollywood Lodge in California. He maintained his membership until his death in 1958. In 1937 he lived for a time in Seattle, in the home of the Ray Wardall family of Theosophists.[4]

Liberal Catholic Church involvement

Hampton was ordained by James Ingall Wedgwood at the Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Hollywood on August 17, 1917.[5] He became a Regionary Bishop of the United States and Canada.

1943 edition of Transitions



The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals lists 38 articles by or about Hampton.

  • The Occult Side of Healing. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Press, 1928 and 1944.
  • Transition: A Recurring Experience. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1943 and Los Angeles: St. Alban Press, 1943; Wheaton, Ill: Theosophical Publishing House, 1979. This has had at least 3 editions and multiple printings. Also called The Transition Called Death: a Recurring Experience.
  • The Mysticism of the Mass. Seattle, WA: Esoteric Christianity Magazine, 1916.
  • Reincarnation: A Christian Doctrine. Los Angeles: St. Albans Press, 1925.


  1. Anonymous, "Charles Hampton [obituary]," The American Theosophist 46.6 (June, 1958), 121.
  2. Yakima Lodge Charter Record. Chartered Lodges, 1915-present. Theosophical Society in America Archives.
  3. Yakima Lodge Dissolution of Lodge Record. DIssolved Lodges, 1917-present. Theosophical Society in America Archives.
  4. Membership Records. Microfilm Ledger Sheets Roll 3 and Ledger Cards Roll 3. Theosophical Society in America Archives.
  5. "The Church Comes to the United States." A Short History of the Liberal Catholic Church and St. Raphael's Parish web page. Available at this website.