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CUMMINS, George David, assistant P. E. bishop, born in Kent County, Del., 11 December 1822 ; died 26 June 1876. He was graduated at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1841, and entered the Methodist ministry, but subsequently took orders in the Protestant Episcopal Church, being ordained deacon in 1845 and priest in 1847, and becoming rector of Churches in Virginia, Maryland, and Illinois. He was consecrated assistant bishop of Kentucky, 15 November 1866, but soon became dissatisfied with the state of things in the Episcopal Church, chiefly on account of the progress of ritualism, and in 1873 abandoned his office and took steps toward founding a new sect, designated by itself " The Reformed Episcopal Church," becoming its first bishop. He was formally deposed from the Protestant Episcopal ministry, under the canon provided for similar cases, by the presiding bishop, the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Bosworth Smith.
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