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DASHIELL, George, clergyman, born in Stepney, Maryland, in 1780; died in New York City in April 1852. He was licensed as lay reader at the age of twenty, and admitted to orders by Bishop White in 1805. He was in charge of several parishes in Maryland, was distinguished for pulpit eloquence, was a delegate to the general convention, and became rector of St. Peter's Church, Baltimore. Mr. Dashiell was violently opposed to the election of the Rev. Dr. Kemp as suffragan bishop of Maryland in 1814, and with a small number of sympathizers began a schismatical movement, by which (as he said) it was proposed to make "the evangelical part of the Church a distinct body, and to enlarge its boundaries by admitting faithful men to labor in the work of the Lord." Attempts were made to get some one of the bishops to consecrate Mr. Dashiell for the purpose, but without success, and He was degraded for contumacy early in 1816. Some adherents of his in St. Peter's Church endeavored to aid him in keeping possession of St. Peter's, but loyal members of the Church invoked the help of the courts to prevent it. As the judges disagreed, no result was attained. A new vestry was elected, and the difficulty was disposed of by choosing the Rev. Dr. Henshaw to be rector. Mr. Dashiell, however, as he could not get Episcopal orders, undertook to ordain ministers for what he called "The Evangelical Episcopal Church." In this he was the forerunner of the movement, half a century later, known as "The Reformed Episcopal Church," originated by Dr. Cummins, assistant bishop of Kentucky. Mr. Dashiell's movement lasted only a few years, and bore no fruit. He removed to a western state in 1826, and spent there most of the remainder of his life.
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