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KINGSLEY, Calvin, M. E. bishop, born in Annsville, Oneida County, New York, in 1812; died in Beyrout, Syria, 6 April, 1870. In 1826 his father's family removed to Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, where for the first time he met with the Methodists, and at eighteen years of age he became a member of that church. After teaching for several years he was graduated at Alleghany college, Pennsylvania, in 1841, and was at once employed in its faculty, and also admitted on trial to the Erie conference of the Methodist Episcopal church. The next year he was chosen professor of mathematics and civil engineering, and during the years 1843-'4 he acted as financial agent for the college. He was elected a delegate to the general conference in 1852, and afterward to each quadrennial session of that body, till in 1864 he was elected bishop. In 1856 he was chosen editor of the "Western Christian Advocate" at Cincinnati, where he remained eight years. At the general conference of 1860 he was chairman of the committee on slavery, and took an active part in defining the anti-slavery position of the church. His labors in the episcopacy called him to travel extensively, not only over every part of this country, but also in foreign lands. In 1865-'6 he held the conferences on the Pacific coast, and in 1867 he visited the missions in Europe. In 1869 he again visited California and Oregon, then passed to China, and thence to India, intending to return by way of Europe, but died before his purpose could be carried out. His published works are a review of " Bush on the Resurrection" (Cincinnati, 1847); and "Round the World" (1870), the latter a posthumous work.
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