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FREEMAN, George Washington, P.E. bishop, born in Sandwich, Massachusetts, 13 June 1789; died in Little Rock, Ark., 29 April 1858. His early manhood was spent in secular occupation, but he afterward went to North Carolina and studied for the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church, He was ordained deacon in Christ Church, Raleigh, N. C., by Bishop Gavenscroft, S October 1826, and priest in Christ Church, Newbern, N. C., 20 May 1827, by the same bishop. For two years he served as missionary in the diocese of North Carolling. In 1829 he was elected rector of Christ Church, Raleigh, which office he filled until 1840. He then removed to Columbia, Tennessee, and thence, a year later, to Swedesborough, New Jersey After a short stay in the latter place, he accepted a call to become rector of Immanuel Church, Newcastle, Del. He was soon afterward elected missionary bishop of Arkansas and the Indian Territory, and was consecrated in St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia, 26 October 1844. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1839.
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