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GREER, David Hummell, clergyman, born in Wheeling, West Virginia, 20 March, 1844. He was graduated at Washington college, Pennsylvania, in 1862, studied theology at the Protestant Episcopal seminary at Gambier, Ohio, was ordered deacon in Christ church. Clarkesburg, West Virginia, in June, 1866, and remained in charge of that parish for a year. He was ordained priest at Alexandria, Virginia, in 1868, and became rector of Trinity church, Covington, Kentucky He went abroad in 1871, and on his return was elected rector of Grace church, Providence, Rhode Island, and entered upon his work there on 15 September, 1872. He organized several missions in connection with the parish church, founded St. Elizabeth's home for incurables in 1882, and was deputy from the diocese to four successive general conventions. He accepted the rectorship of St. Bartholomew's church, New York city, in 1888. He is a broad-churchman, and an eloquent extemporaneous preacher.
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