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BAHNSON, George Frederick, Moravian bishop, born in Christiansfeld, Denmark, 16 September 1805; died in Salem, North Carolina, 11 September 1869. He was educated at the Moravian College and the theological seminary in Germany, and in 1829 immigrated to the United States and entered the boarding-school at Nazareth, Pennsylvania, as a tutor. Five years later he began his ministerial career. The two Churches in which he labored longest and with most success were those at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Salem, North Carolina He was consecrated to the episcopacy at Bethlehem, 13 May 1860, and presided over the southern district. In 1869 he went to Europe to attend the general synod of the Moravian Church, and in the course of the journey his health failed, and he died a few weeks after his return. Bishop Bahnson was a man of commanding presence, a powerful preacher, and a ripe scholar.
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