Ames, Bernice Darwin
Ames, Bernice Darwin a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Shoreham,,Vt., Dec. 26, 1827. He experienced religion in early youth; graduated at Middlebury College when twenty-six years of age; and during the next year was professor of Latin and Greek in the seminaries at Fort Plain and Fort Edward, N. Y. He united with the Troy Conference in 1857, and, after serving the Church in the capacity of travelling preacher a few years, he became affected with a bronchial difficulty, and, resuming his work as teacher, assumed the principalship of the Providence Conference Seminary. During the last year of the war he was secretary of the Christian Commission at Philadelphia. In 1868 he became principal of Mechanicsville Academy, and sustained that office until his death, Jan. 5, 1876. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1876, p. 82; Simpson, Cycloepdia of Methodism, s.v.