Bend Joseph Grove John, Dd

Bend Joseph Grove John, D.D.

a clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church, was born in the city of New York about 1762. For a time he resided with his parents on the island of Barbadoes, and received an excellent commercial education, as well as some knowledge of the classics. For a while he was book-keeper in a counting-house. In July, 1787, he was ordained deacon in New York, and elected assistant minister, in December following, of Christ Church and St. Peter's in Philadelphia. In 1789 he was a delegate of the diocese of Pennsylvania to the General Convention which completed the independent organization of the Church in the United States. On June 17, 1791, he was elected rector of St. Paul's in Baltimore, Md., and on the same day was made a member of the standing committee of the diocese. A second. Church was organized in 1796 under his charge, named Christ Church, to which an associate rector was appointed. He was one of the most active promoters of the Baltimore Library and of the Baltimore General Dispensary. The estimation in which he was held is manifest by his having been always elected a member of the standing committee, always a delegate to the General Convention, always a secretary of the Diocesan Convention and a member of its most important committees. He died in Baltimore, Sept. 13, 1812. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, v, 353.

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