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BURGESS, George, P. E. bishop, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 31 October, 1809; died at sea, near Port au Prince, W. I., 23 April, 1866. His father, Thomas Burgess, who died in 1856, was for many years a judge in Rhode Island. He was graduated at Brown in 1826, with the highest honors, and spent some time abroad in 1831-'4, of which an interesting journal remains. Bishop Griswold, admitted him to deacon's orders, in Providence, 10 June, 1834, and ordained priest, 2 November, 1834. He thereupon became rector of Christ church, Hartford, Connecticut. was married in October, 1846, and became actively engaged in literary as well as professional work. He was elected first bishop of Maine, early in October, 1847, and consecrated in Christ church, Hartford, 31 October On removing to Maine he took the rectorship of the church in Gardiner, which place he retained until his death. Bishop Burgess joined the Rev. Dr. Muhlenberg in what is known as the "Memorial Movement" in 1853. He was active in parochial as well as Episcopal labors, in missions of the church, in the house of bishops, and as a teacher. His churchmanship was of the style of Muhlenberg, Alonzo Potter, and Bishop Griswold, sometimes designated as high church evangelicals. Bishop Burgess was one of the presenters of Bishop G. W. Doane, of New Jersey, on charges affecting that prelate's financial integrity. He was attacked with severe hemorrhage in July, 1865, sailed for the West Indies in December, and, by appointment of the house of bishops, visited Hayti in the interests of the church. He published "The Book of Psalms, translated into English Verse" (New York, 1840); " Strife of Brothers," a poem (1844);" Pages from the Ecclesiastical History of New England between 1740 and 1840" (Boston, 1847); "The Last Enemy" (Philadelphia, 1850); "Ternon on the Christian Life" (1854)" besides numerous sermons, charges, etc. After his death a volume containing his "Poems" was published, with an introduction by Arthur Cleveland Coxe (1868).--His brother, Alexander, P. E. bishop, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 31 October, 1819. He was graduated at Brown in 1838, and at the general theological seminary, New York, in 1841. He was ordained deacon in Providence, 3 November, 1842, and priest, 1 November, 1843. While in deacon's orders he had charge of St. Stephen's church, East Haddam, Connecticut In 1843 he became rector of St. Mark's church, Augusta, Maine, which place he held until Easter, 1854. He then removed to Portland, and was rector of St. Luke's church from 1854 till 1867. In the latter year he became rector of St. John's church, Brooklyn, New York, where he served for two years. He then accepted the rectorship of Christ church, Springfield, Massachusetts, which he held until his elevation to the episcopate. Dr• Burgess was a deputy to the general convention of the Episcopal church from 1844 till 1877, and represented the diocese of Maine, Long Island, and Massachusetts during that time• In 1877 he was president of the house of deputies• After his brother's death, in 1816, he was elected by the clergy of Maine to be the bishop, but declined to allow his name to go to the laity for confirmation. He also served on standing committees of the three dioceses just named. When the new diocese of Quincy, Illinois, was formed, he was chosen to be its first bishop, and was consecrated in Christ church, Springfield, Massachusetts, 15 May, 1878. Bishop Burgess has published a memoir of his brother, the first bishop of Maine (1869); also sermons, addresses, etc., with Sunday-school question-books, and carols and hymns; and has been a contributor to periodical church literature. BURGESS, John William, educator, born in Cornersville, Giles County, Tennessee, 26 August, 1844. He was educated at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, and at Amherst, where he was graduated in 1867, studied law, and was admitted to the bar at Springfield in 1869. The same year he was called to the professorship of English literature and political economy in Knox College, which he filled for two years. He then studied public law and political science for two years at Gottingen, Leipsic, and Berlin, and on his return to the United States became professor of history and political science at Amherst, and in 1876 of history, political science, and international law in Columbia College, New York City, and of public law and political science in the law school, the title of which chair was changed in 1878 to international and constitutional law and political science. In 1880 he became also professor of constitutional and international history and law in the Columbia College school of political science. BURGOA, Francisco (boor-go'-ah), Mexican monk, born in Oajaca about 1605; died in Teozopotlan in 1681. He was a professor of theology, and a thorough scholar in the Mixteeo and Zapoteco languages. Burgoa was provincial of the Dominican order, and represented it at a general chapter held in Rome. Among his works are Palestra historica," a history of the Dominican province of Oajaca; Descripcion geografica de la America Sep-tentrional y de la N ueva Iglesia de Occidente: Situaci6n Astron6mica de la Provincia de Santo Domingo de Oajaca"; and an "Itinerario de Oa-jaca g Roma v de Oajaca g Roma."
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