Doane, George Washington, Dd, Lld
Doane, George Washington, D.D., Ll.D., Protestant Episcopal bishop of the diocese of New Jersey, was born in Trenton, N.J., in 1799. He graduated at Union College, Schenectady, at nineteen years old, and then commenced the study of theology. He was ordained deacon by bishop Hobart in 1821, and priest in 1823. He served in Trinity church, New York, three years, and in 1824 was appointed professor of belles-lettres and oratory in Washington College, Connecticut. He resigned that office in 1828, and soon after was elected rector of Trinity church, in Boston. He was consecrated bishop of the diocese of New Jersey on October 31, 1832. He founded St. Mary's Hall in 1827, and Burlington College in 1846, both of which institutions remain flourishing. His career as a bishop was one of indefatigable industry and devotion. "I look back," says the bishop of Missouri, "upon the work he accomplished during his episcopate with amazement. The work of three lives was crowded into a bishopric of twenty years." The clergy of his diocese increased in that time from 18 to 99; its parishes from 30 to 84; 58 churches were consecrated, and the number of communicants increased from 657 to 5000. His energy, however, was greater than his judgment, and his career was not without acts of imprudence, which caused him great trouble. His literary industry was very great, and he had a genuine vein of poetry. His writings, in prose and verse, are gathered in The Life and Writings of G.W. Doane, D.D., edited by his son (New York, 1860, 4
volumes, 8vo), of which volume 1 contains a memoir and his poetical writings; volumes 2 and 3 consist of sermons and episcopal charges; volume 4 of educational writings and orations. Bishop Doane died at Riverside, N.J., April 27, 1859. — American Quart. Church Review, October, 1859, and April, 1861.