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PENTECOST, George Frederick, evangelist, born in Albion, Illinois, 23 September, 1843. He was apprenticed to a printer at fifteen years of age, and was subsequently private secretary to the governor of Kansas territory, and clerk of the United States district court, he then studied law, and entered Georgetown college, Kentucky, but left to join the National army, and in 1861-'2 served in the 8th Kentucky cavalry, resigning with the rank of captain. He was licensed to preach in 1864, and was pastor of Baptist churches in Indiana, Kentucky, and New York till 1877, when he became an evangelist, in which work he has since continued, with the exception of a few years pastorate of a Congregational church in Brooklyn, New York He has been abroad three times on missions, and is a successful revivalist. Lafayette college gave him the degree of D. D. in 1884. He has published tracts and pamphlets, has edited "Words and Weapons for Christian Workers," a monthly, since 1885, and is the author of '" In the Volume of the Book" (New York, 1879); " Angel in Marble" (Boston, 1884); and " Out of Egypt" (New York, 1887).
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