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Peter D. Fraser

was born on 4 July 1888 in Cocoye Village, Trinidad, to Lewis Albert Maloney, a building contractor, and Estelle Evetta (Bonas) Maloney, a needlepoint teacher.

He studied at Naparima College in Trinidad, which he left with the qualifications to enter British universities. Finances precluded this, however, and he immigrated to the United States in 1909, hoping to study medicine. While at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, he was encouraged to enter the ministry of the Episcopal Church, enrolling in 1910 at the General Theological Seminary in New York. He simultaneously studied philosophy at Columbia University. He became interested in journalism early on and continued to write throughout his life.

On his 23rd birthday, Maloney was ordained, having the distinction of being the youngest minister in the Protestant Episcopal Church. In 1914 he published The Adequate Norm: An Essay on Christian Ethics possibly the first philosophical work by a black ...