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GEORGE, Enoch, M. E. bishop, born in Lancaster County, Virginia, in 1767; died in Staunton, Virginia, in An-gust, 1828. He was under the ministry of Reverend Devereux Jarratt, then of the Church of England, and was in early life the subject of deep religious impressions; but, having been separated from Mr. Jarratt's ministry, he became negligent of his religious duties, till, after several years, the place where he resided was visited by a Methodist evangelist, under whose exhortations young George became connected with the little Methodist society of his neighborhood. In 1790 he was admitted on trial into the Virginia conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and served for two years as junior preacher in Caswell circuit. After this he went to South Carolina, and in 1796 was presiding elder of Charleston district, and the next year, on account of impaired health, he retired from active work of the ministry. In 1803 he entered the Baltimore conference, where he labored with great zeal and success, till at the general conference, held in Baltimore in May, 1816, he was elected and ordained a bishop, in which office he served with zeal and effectiveness for twelve years. Bishop George belonged to the primitive school of American Methodist preachers, some of whom without extensive scholastic advantages became able and highly effective preachers of the gospel, and also attained proficiency in biblical and theological learning. He was especially distinguished for the fervor and pathos of his pulpit discourses. During the years of his episcopacy he traveled, chiefly by private conveyance, through all parts of the country, not excepting the frontier settlements of the west and southwest, usually preaching nearly every day, at prearranged appointments, at which were often witnessed remarkable manifestations of the influence that attended his preaching. He would never allow his portrait to be taken, and therefore his personal appearance is known only by tradition. He is described as of fair size and well proportioned, with dark hair worn long, and complexion sallowed by exposure.
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