Cummins, George David, Dd

Cummins, George David, D.D.

senior bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church, has already been noticed under that denomination in volume 8. We here add that he was born near Smyrna, Delaware, December 11, 1822, graduated from Dickinson College in 1841 was a preacher in the Methodist Church for two years; joined the Protestant Episcopal ministry, and was ordained presbyter in 1847. For six years he was rector of Christ Church, at Norfolk, Virginia, and afterwards of St. James's Church, at Richmond; Trinity Church, Washington, D.C.; and St. Peter's Church, Baltimore, Maryland. In 1866 Mr. Cummins was elected assistant bishop of the diocese of Kentucky. Seven years thereafter bishop Cummins withdrew on account of the Romanizing tendencies of the. Episcopal Church, and founded the Reformed Episcopal Church, of which he was made the first bishop, in December, 1873. He died suddenly, June 26, 1876, at his residence in Lutherville, Baltimore County, Maryland. Bishop Cummins was emphatically a Low-Churchman, of broad and evangelical views, of dignified and commanding presence, a ready and clear thinker, and a free pulpit orator and platform speaker. See Memoir, by his wife (N.Y. 1878).

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