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JANES, Edmund Storer, M. E. bishop, born in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, 27 April, 1807; died in New York city, 18 September, 1876. His father was a mechanic, and the son united with the Methodist church at thirteen years of age. By diligent improvement of scanty opportunities befitted himself to teach a country school, and in the pursuit of that calling he removed to New Jersey, where he found his way into the Methodist ministry. In 1830 he was admitted to the Philadelphia conference, which then embraced the whole state of New Jersey. In 1835 he was appointed financial agent for Dickinson college, and in 1840 he was chosen financial secretary of the American Bible society, which office he filled for four years, travelling in the interests of that society through all parts of the country. In 1844 he was elected and ordained bishop by the general conference sitting in New York city. He was not a member of the body by which he was elected, nor had he served in any previous general conference. He was only thirty-eight years old, and though widely known by means of his labors in behalf of the Bible society, yet he had escaped all complication with the subject of the church's relation to slavery, which then agitated it, and so he was not unacceptable to either party. In the discharge of the duties of his office he visited and revisited nearly every state and territory of the country. In 1854 he visited Europe, having been commissioned to represent his church at the session of the British Wesleyan conference. While abroad he visited both the Irish and French Methodist conferences, and also the missions of his own church in Germany and Switzerland, and in Norway and Sweden. As a preacher Bishop Janes was a model of simplicity and correctness. He resided in New York from his election to the episcopacy till his death. -His twin brother, Edwin L., clergyman, born in Sheffield, Massachusetts, 27 April, 1807; died in Flushing, L. I., 10 January, 1875, taught from 1825 till 1831, and in 1832 joined the Philadelphia conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was appointed pastor in West Philadelphia. He held charges in New York, Brooklyn, Bridgeport, and elsewhere, for six years was a secretary of the National temperance society, and also labored earnestly for the poor. His works include "Wesley his Own Biographer" (New York, 1870); "Incidents in the Life of Bishop Asbury" (1872); and "Recollections in the Life of the Reverend Dr. Edward Payson" (1873).
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