Benedict, George

Benedict, George a Baptist minister, was born at Southeast, Dutchess Co., N. Y., April 15, 1795, but spent his childhood and youth in Danbury, Conn. He became a Christian at the age of twenty-two, and a member of the Second Baptist Church in Danbury, Sept. 21, 1817. He received a license from the Church of which he was a member, May 12, 1822, and Aug. 7, 1823, and was ordained pastor of the Church. Here he remained from 1823 to 1831, when he accepted a call to become the pastor of what was known as the Union Baptist Church, New York city. Success followed his labors, until in 1841 the number of the members of his Church was seven hundred and fifty-eight; he having himself baptized over six hundred of them. In February, 1841, the Church known as the Norfolk-street Church was constituted, with Mr. Benedict as its pastor. The same prosperity followed Mr. Benedict to his new field of labor, and a strong, efficient Church was built up under his ministry. The last two years of his life were years of lingering sickness. He resigned in July, 1848, and died Oct. 28, 1848. He was one of the most successful ministers of his denomination in the city of New York. See New York Chronicle, Nov. 1848. (J. C. S.)

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