Croes John, Dd
Croes John, D.D., Protestant Episcopal bishop of New Jersey, was born June 1, 1762, and ordained in 1790. Having previously acted as lay reader in the P. E. church of Swedesborough, N. J., he became its rector in 1792. He was a prominent member in the Convention of New Jersey for forty years. In 1801 he became rector of Christ Church, New Brunswick, and of St. Peter's Church, Spotswood. In 1811 he was made D.D. by Columbia College, and in 1815 was chosen bishop of New Jersey, having declined the episcopate of Connecticut. From the time of his consecration he observed a system of annual visitations, and his last public act was an ordination in Christ Church, New Brunswick. He died July 26, 1832. He published several charges to his clergy, and a sermon on The Duty and the Interest of contributing liberally to the Promotion of Religious and Benevolent Institutions. — Sprague, Annals, v. 378.